So, having a 6-year old boy affords special privileges, like watching Home Alone 1, 2, 3, and 4 several times over, realizing ketchup goes with everything, and enjoying a front-row seat to Lego building. One of the latest creations coming out of Lego world are Ninjago and their work at Spinjitzu, which resemble Ninjas and Jujitzu. Four Elemental Weapons of Spinjitzu are weapons so powerful, no one can handle all of their power at once – fire, ice, you get the picture.
And I began to think – what is the equivalent of Spinjitzu for people, their career and their workplace?
There is way too much reliance on communication as the solitary elixir that solves just about any organizational problem. Remember, if the only tool you have is a hammer (communication), then everything is a nail. Many of the ills confronting organizational leaders have little to do with communication and more to do with a severe lack of organizational/self-awareness. As Socrates stated, “the unexamined life is not worth living” and the same principle applies to organizations. Moreover, what tools a group of leaders use to counter the trends of today and tomorrow are essential to staying successful, however you measure success.
Based on my experience, the Spinjitzu tools for effective leaders are a mix of process, people and strategy. Process tools such as creating a meaningful dashboard to monitor service levels, financial performance and trends; people tools such as leadership development, effective performance management and selective recruitment and promotional practices (that reinforce the preferred workplace culture), and strategy tools (convening for an Advance as opposed to a retreat, considering a viable strategy based on services provided, trends and resources) allow you to use all the tools in your toolbox. So become a Sensei, Master of Spinjitzu and let’s continue our journey to get better all the time.