Adopt The Core
The choice to adopt The Core is simple. The tactics of adoption are also relatively straightforward. There are efficient programs available to teach The Core to every employee. You can readily gain certification to conduct your own BootCamps. In fact, there is a sufficiency of everything needed to start the passionate fire in your company that is the process of Core Adoption. The real challenge in adopting The Core, however, is the personal investment the leaders of an adopting company must make – investment in themselves and in each other – to successfully establish and maintain the radically results-oriented culture flowing from Core adoption.
If You Have a Small Company
If you have a small company, the most efficient method to adopt The Core is to hold sufficient McCarthy Technologies The Core BootCamps to train all employees in your company who want to participate.
1. Schedule enough BootCamp(s) to accommodate all employees
2. Make sure the CEO and top executive team attend first (see Boss Goes First, below)
3. Invite all employees to attend (attendance must NOT be mandatory)
4. Those who want to be The Core leaders in your company must attend at least 2 BootCamps
5. Schedule all BootCamps, notifying all employees who choose to attend of their specifics. Do not vary from this schedule.
After all employees who want to attend have done so, you will have fully adopted The Core. Many of the protocols will be in widespread use before all employees attend. Special instruction will be provided by McCarthy Technologies for transition management. Once the initial schedule is completed, the challenge will be for each team member to uphold the personal commitments he has made to results-orientation and achieving personal greatness.
If You Have a Medium or Large Company
If you have a medium or large company the most efficient method to adopt The Core will be:
1. Schedule a BootCamp with the CEO and top executive team and individuals who want to lead The Core adoption in the company by teaching future BootCamps
2. CEO invites top executives to the BootCamp. Attendance is NEVER mandatory.
3. Schedule subsequent BootCamps inviting key leaders first.
4. Those who want to teach future BootCamps must repeat attendance BootCamps and become Instructors-in-Training.
5. In as few as three BootCamps, you can license the BootCamp materials and your Instructors-in-Training can take over instruction responsibilities.
6. In as few as four BootCamps your Instructors-in-Training may be certified as Instructors.
7. Plan as many BootCamps as necessary to give every employee who wants to the opportunity to attend.
8. Schedule all BootCamps, notifying all employees who choose to attend of their specifics. Do not vary from this schedule.
At this point, your company will have adopted The Core. Now the challenge, especially for the executive team, will be to uphold the extensive personal commitments to creating a results-oriented culture.
To Schedule BootCamps
To schedule one or more BootCamps, e-mail or call 425-487-2467
Boss Goes First
We adhere to a policy of Boss Goes First. A vital key to adopting The Core is that the top executives of a given domain must “go first.” If this approach is not taken the adoption of The Core is likely to lead to fighting, political maneuvering and other expensive dramatic episodes. It is vital that Boss Goes First for many reasons, among them:
1. It is the only sane way to make a decision of this magnitude.
2. Once made, it is the only way to demonstrate that the executives support The Core, that they are truly “in” along with their employees.
3. It demonstrates that the executives understand that they are the leaders, that they are not expecting their workers to “get fixed” while they continue in old, less efficient, methods.
4. It is the only way to prevent “us vs. them” fighting which occurs as The Core adoption proceeds. The executives must attend BootCamp to understand The Core and BootCamp when the inevitable conflict emerges around them. Any attempts to put authority figures in the middle of such conflicts will have good results only when the authorities involved have authoritative information.
5. It is necessary for the executives to attend to understand what those who are adopting The Core are doing. If the executives don’t understand changes that are occurring because of The Core adoption, they may well undermine or even block new results-oriented efforts.
6. Team=Product. Executives can not expect that the teams that work for them will change unless they themselves make a commitment to change. The teams working for an executive ARE his product. If these teams are less effective than desired, the margin of ineffectiveness comes mostly from the managing team. An executive must actually change to see change occur on those teams.
By Invitation Only
A second vital key to successful Core adoption is that nobody is forced, coerced, ordered or pressured to attend BootCamp or use The Core. Freedom is the virtue at the foundation of The Core. Any attempt by leaders to order their employees to go to BootCamp or to use The Core undermines the freedom associated with Core adoption and will destroy the effort. The Core must be adopted because it gets results, and is preferred by employees, and for no other reasons.
In fact, according to strictly enforced BootCamp rules, any student attending BootCamp who feels pressured in any way to do so must leave the BootCamp course.
Therefore, executives and leaders must attend BootCamp first and must invite others. No other tactics can be used to pressure employees or fellow executives to attend. Team members must be influenced only by positive methods, i.e. they see that those who have attended BootCamp and use The Core get significantly better results than those who don’t.
Note that the majority of employees will want to attend BootCamp because it is a great experience and a great growth opportunity. They will attend and try it out simply because they are curious and like to learn. The investment of time and attention must always remain on the set of employees who are eager to adopt and never on those who choose to Pass.
To view the letter you will use to invite employees to BootCamp, click here.
The Transition: When You Have ‘Those Who Are In’ and ‘Those Who Are Out’
To successfully adopt The Core it is important to allow everyone who wants to attend BootCamp to do it as quickly as possible. This is because the stress of change will be vividly evident in conflicts between those who have gone through BootCamp and those who haven’t. In order to reduce this stress, it is important to allow all employees to attend BootCamp within the smallest transition time possible. Additionally, from the very start of the adoption program, all employees who choose to attend a BootCamp, must know specifics of when and where they are going to attend.
Instructing BootCamps is very tiring. The limiting factor in the timing of BootCamp rollout will be how fast your Instructors can renew and regroup in order to teach BootCamp after BootCamp. It is recommended that to maximize rollout efficiency you relieve your Instructors of all other responsibilities while the rollout is occurring. Further, it is recommended that you support as many employees as possible in becoming Instructors. Being an Instructor takes a big personal commitment. Like anything else in The Core, you may not order or assign someone to be an Instructor. The only effective strategy is to encourage anyone who demonstrates interest and aptitude to become an Instructor.
If you have a medium to large sized company you will need employees who comprise a Core adoption group, probably made up of those employees who will first become Instructors. These people must officially have the assignment to rollout The Core as efficiently as possible. Therefore, this team must not have responsibilities outside Core activities. It may seem like a sacrifice to you or to them to relieve them of other responsibilities. You may feel like you are “stealing” resources from other projects. However, all company projects will benefit so much from Core adoption, that no other activity is nearly as important as effectively adopting The Core.
Who Can Attend BootCamp
BootCamp has no prerequisites other than a desire to learn. BootCamps will be successful no matter what level the employees who attend are at. For example, it is perfectly efficient to have mailroom employees attend with the CEO. In other words, any employee may attend with any other employee.
How Many People Can Fit in One BootCamp
The size of a BootCamp is limited to at least 10 students with no more than 100 students. If your company has fewer than 10 students who want to go to BootCamp they may attend a BootCamp with employees from other companies.
It is OK to send scouts to a BootCamp to check out the course and The Core. However, scouts must want to attend BootCamp as a full participant for the purpose of learning the material as deeply as possible. Scouts who see their role as “observers” or some other role which does not include a robust learning experience will not be allowed at BootCamp. If a scout is sent to BootCamp with a purpose other than learning, that scout will be dismissed from the course.
This policy is in effect because BootCamp is an intensive simulation environment. The experience for students who are fully engaged will be harmed by observers or those who will not participate fully. We will not allow the experience of those students who want to learn be harmed by a scout who feels he is somehow above or outside the simulation.
Advanced Programs and Certifications
Reboot – Reboot is an advanced course. It is a BootCamp which is comprised solely of students who have already attended at least one BootCamp. Students tell us that it is a profound learning experience, even exceeding the depth of learning that their first BootCamp brought them.
Certified Core Lead – Core Leads have graduated from a minimum of two BootCamps. Lead candidates are certified when they are able to understand The Core and lead teams in the workplace to use The Core.
Certified Core Instructor – Instructor candidates attend several BootCamps where they participate on the team. They then attend several BootCamps where they are on the BootCamp staff. A certified Core instructor can lead a BootCamp staff team which is hosting a BootCamp.
Certified Core Director – Students of The Core wishing to achieve the highest certification may apply to become a Core Director. Core Directors not only can instruct BootCamps, but are capable of creating complete Core organizations. Core Directors have mastered the current Core technology and have made significant contributions to the evolving Core code base.