The Garage Group is excited to organize and host a Chicago Courageous Minds Only chat on Operating Like a Startup in a Bigco on Wednesday, May 8, at 6 pm at The Garage Group’s Chicago Office, WeWork Kinzie in Chicago, IL, 20 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654.

Over the past few years, we’ve hosted conversations with more than 50 courageous Bigco leaders across the country, hearing from them as they try to adopt more entrepreneurial ways of working and influence their organizations to move faster and smarter. These battle-tested leaders are courageously trailblazing the way forward. They’re under tremendous pressure to keep organizations like Kraft Heinz, ascena retail, PepsiCo, Citi, and more relevant and growing in the face of increasing market uncertainty.

We’re all learning, failing forward, identifying and solving problems, and figuring out the right path. Let’s keep learning from one another.

On May 8  in Chicago, listen in for battle-tested lessons learned from these top corporate leaders on strategies and tactics they’ve personally used to allow their organizations to search for sustainable and bold new ways to add value in the face of increasing market uncertainty.

Register to join us on May 8 at WeWork Kinzie in Chicago, IL, 20 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654.

Here’s who is jumping in:

Below is the event agenda:

6:00-6:30 pm Drinks & Community Building
6:30-7:30 pm Fireside Chat
7:30-8:00 pm Drinks & Community Building

Event costs have been covered by The Garage Group so it is free to attend the event. There will be beer, wine, and light snacks provided.

Last year, we listened to lessons from corporate leaders from Kraft Heinz, JPMorgan Chase, ascena retail, and more as they discussed their industry-specific challenges and first-hand experiences from enabling their Bigcos to operate like startups.

The Garage Group is excited to organize and host a special Courageous Minds Only chat on Operating Like a Startup in a Bigco to kick off the new year with special guest, Beth Comstock, the former Vice Chair and head of marketing and innovation at GE, and author of Imagine it Forward. 

Beth has trailblazed the way forward for Bigco innovators and leaders through her experiences shifting GE toward a new digital future and a more innovative culture. In Imagine it Forward, she shares much of that battle-tested perspective. Join us on Wednesday, January 23 from 6:30-8: 30 pm as she continues to share her thoughts on how to tackle Bigco challenges in the face of uncertainty.

More About Beth Comstock: 

Beth Comstock‘s mission is to understand what’s next, navigate change and help people and organizations do the same. By cultivating a habit of seeking out new ideas, people and places, she built a career path from storyteller to chief marketer to GE Vice Chair. In nearly three decades at GE, she led efforts to accelerate new growth and innovation, initiated GE’s digital and clean-energy transformation, seeded new businesses and enhanced GE’s brand value and inventive culture. As President of Integrated Media at NBC Universal, Beth oversaw TV ad revenue and new digital efforts, including the early development of hulu.com. Beth is a director at Nike, trustee of The National Geographic Society and former board president of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Museum. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in biology.

Join us on January 23 at 1460 Broadway, New York, NY 10036. Register below.

Below is the event agenda:

Event costs have been covered by The Garage Group so it is free to attend the event. There will be beer, wine, and light snacks provided. Registration is required as this event will likely reach capacity.

In an economy where competition is king and remaining relevant is of the utmost importance, organizations of all shapes and sizes are constantly challenged to evolve. What worked yesterday may not work tomorrow and some of the best organizations are able to keep up with this rapid rate of change through operating with urgency, one of the five behaviors in our Hustle Handbook that are critical to innovate, disrupt, and make progress in the face of uncertainty.

Having the drive to push your business forward each and every day is one of the key factors when operating with urgency. Urgency is the motivation each day to stay on top and to respond quickly when you get knocked down.

Steve Case, founder of AOL, showcases the importance of urgency when referring to the first wave of internet adoption. Microsoft had just released MSN, a direct competitor to AOL, and was the first company to offer unlimited services for a flat fee, undercutting AOL’s prices. Case, knowing that time was of the essence, convinced his team to work through the weekend so that the following Monday, AOL could announce its own updated pricing. In doing so, AOL was able to avoid MSN taking a large chunk of their customers while simultaneously opening the door for a new revenue source–online advertising. Operating with urgency enables Bigcos to avoid getting left behind, as well as capitalize on new, momentary opportunities.

We see teams naturally operate with urgency when they’re on Sprints, focused for 3-5 days on a specific goal or challenge—the Sprint framework is built for it. But operating with urgency isn’t as simple during the day-to-day.

True urgency is an attitude, a mindset, a way of thinking and behaving. It requires you to start every single day with a laser sharp focus on winning THAT day. All of your tasks are centered around pushing you and your team forward toward a goal and always add value to the initiative – each task accomplishes something. True urgency is methodical and intentional, NOT frenetic or overwhelming; which leads us to the next point – what does urgency NOT look like?

The answer is two-fold – the first falls into a sense of “false urgency” – something that many organizations, both large and small, are riddled with. This manifests in overflowing inboxes, back-to-back meetings, and 70 hour work weeks. It’s activity for the sake of activity and it tends to be out of focus from the true objectives of implementing change. False urgency leaves teams exhausted and feeling “stuck” because their excessive input doesn’t equal a similar amount of clear output. False urgency leads to inefficiencies, short-term failures, and team burnout.

The second lies on the opposite end of the spectrum and falls into the bucket of complacency: that feeling of contentment with the status quo or fear of doing something new because we know what has worked in the past, and don’t want to be the one to change it. There is a general perception that what you are doing works, and that’s good enough. Complacency tells us that facing the obstacles or hazards that come with initiating change are not worth the risk. Complacency is dangerous in a world that is constantly evolving. The rate of change is increasing across all industries, and organizations that remain complacent are refusing to grow.

Identifying these behaviors within an organization is the first step towards change. Below is a list (though non-exhaustive) of a few signs that your organization might be operating with a false sense of urgency or in a complacent manner:

False Urgency Complacency
It’s impossible to schedule time with key stakeholders or team members because their calendars are double-booked with other meetings. Opportunities to implement new processes or efficiencies are overlooked because the implementation time is “too long”.
Questions get answered, but the answer is not actionable enough to find a true solve for the initial issue and often lead to more questions. New competitors are entering the industry at a rapid pace and the organization chooses to not properly analyze these new threats to their business.

Identifying the behaviors that are holding your organization back from true, transformational change opens up enormous opportunity for you to equip your organization with the skills and mindsets that enable operating with true urgency.

Here are a few ways to spark a sense of true urgency:

To continue learning how to operate with more urgency and hustle, read more about the other Hustle Handbook behaviors or schedule a training with your team.

The Garage Group is excited to organize and host another Courageous Minds Only chat on Operating Like a Startup in a Bigco, our first in Columbus, Ohio, this time with leaders from Ascena Retail and JPMorgan Chase on Wednesday, November 14th, at 5:30 pm EST at Industrious, 629 North High Street, 4th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215.

Over the past year, we’ve been listening in on lessons from corporate leaders from Pepsico, Kraft Heinz, Tyson Foods, AbinBev, CME Group, Worldpay, and more as they discuss their industry-specific challenges and first-hand experiences from enabling their Bigcos to operate like startups. These battle-tested leaders are courageously trailblazing the way forward. They’re under tremendous pressure to keep their organizations relevant and growing in the face of increasing market uncertainty.

We’re all learning, failing forward, identifying and solving problems, and figuring out the right path. Let’s keep learning from one another. 

On November 14th in Columbus, listen in for battle-tested lessons learned from these top corporate leaders on strategies and tactics they’ve personally used to allow their organizations to search for sustainable and bold new ways to add value in the face of increasing market uncertainty.

Here’s who is jumping in:

Panel led by Ann Thompson, Co-CEO, The Garage Group

Join us at Industrious, 629 North High Street, 4th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215.

Register below.

Below is the event agenda:

Event costs have been covered by The Garage Group so it is free to attend the event.  There will be beer, wine, and light snacks provided.

Register below.

Join the conversation in Columbus on November 14th!

 

The Garage Group is excited to organize and host another Courageous Minds Only chat on Operating Like a Startup in a Bigco, this time with leaders from Kimberly-Clark, Kraft Heinz, and Procter & Gamble Tide Spin on September 26, 2018, at 5:30 pm CST at WeWork Kinzie in Chicago, IL, 20 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654.

Over the past year, we’ve been listening in on lessons from corporate leaders from PepsiCo, Tyson Foods, CME Group, Worldpay, and more as they discuss their industry-specific challenges and first-hand experiences from enabling their Bigcos to operate like startups. These battle-tested leaders are courageously trailblazing the way forward. They’re under tremendous pressure to keep their organizations relevant and growing in the face of increasing market uncertainty.

We’re all learning, failing forward, identifying and solving problems, and figuring out the right path. Let’s learn from one another. 

On September 26th in Chicago, listen in for battle-tested lessons learned from top corporate leaders from Kimberly-Clark, Kraft Heinz, and Procter & Gamble Tide Spin on strategies and tactics they’ve personally used to allow their organizations to search for sustainable and bold new ways to add value in the face of increasing market uncertainty.

Here’s who is jumping in:

Join us at WeWork Kinzie (20 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654). Register below:

Below is the event agenda:

Event costs have been covered by The Garage Group so it is free to attend the event.  There will be beer, wine, and light snacks provided.

Join the conversation in Chicago on September 26th!

Thank you to our hosts, WeWork!