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by Alicia Amerson
How to become a leader in the drone industry in 8 steps:
STEP #1 Identify Problems
STEP #2 Organize Problems
STEP#3 Group Problems
STEP #4 Give Problems a Title
STEP #5 Dots
STEP #6 Pick TOP 2-3
STEP #7 Drill Down and Make a Process Map
STEP #8 Brainstorm Solutions
On Episode 9 we discussed HOW TO BE SEEN AS A LEADER IN THE DRONE INDUSTRY. Last three days I attended the Women in Technology International - WITI - Summit in San Jose, CA. I am reflecting from what I learned from amazing women leaders in technology. Today I going to share with a few of my findings.
I really enjoyed the discussions on leadership at this conference. Women are increasing in technology industries and disappearing from others. As leaders spoke about the future of their industry they reflected on trends where women were entering the industry at high rates, then trends of decline. They shared many different ideas on why these trends fluctuated.
One topic really called out to me and it was leadership.
Steps to being a leader is something you can do every day and they are so simple that you might already be doing it.
These steps are also easy to integrate into your drone business planning, drone flights, and working with clients.
There are 8 steps, they are cyclical, and they will demonstrate your ability to lead through transformation and problem solving.
When we get to the end of the 8 Steps, like all good problem solving tools, you should be able to break down your problems into even simpler tasks that your team can achieve the goal you set amongst yourselves. How small can you go?
STEP #1 - Identify the problem
Once you get everyone to the table. Pass out sticky notes and tell everyone to write down their number one problem.
Then ask them to put it on a white board. It’s ok if people put more than one problem - AS LONG AS it goes on a different Post It.
Question: Do you use interactive problem solving in your business? What is your biggest challenge? Share below.
STEP #2 - Organize
Now that you have all the problems identified and everyone has had the opportunity to weigh in - start to organize these problems.
Your team will start to see trends in topics. In a drone business you may want see problems in communication, sales, sales funnels, marketing, data, client, customer service, … and more.
If you are specifically talking about flight planning you may have trending ideas such as protocols, communication, safety, tools, support, sensors, data, ... and more.
Question: How are you organizing your business and flight planning problems? What trending topics have you seen in your organization? Comment below.
STEP #3 Group Similar Topics
Challenge your team to think smaller. Take the organized post its and group them into smaller categories.
STEP #4 Give Them a Title
Now your team will have grouped all the issues. Now it's time to name the problem or the group. This makes problems more consolidated, smaller, and people start to see how interconnected their part is in your team.
STEP #5 Dots
Give your team red dots. Each person gets to place a dot on the most important problem to solve - to them.
STEP #6 Pick the top 2 or 3
A trend may emerge when people place the dots on the issues - so go ahead and together pick 2-3 problems out of all the groups you have in front of you to be your target issues.
STEP #7 Pick one and drill down, Make a flow or process map
My favorite part is - this... You start by designing a flow chart or process map of the problem to see how it all works. In this stage people will put in their part of the process. Make sure you are only looking at the process around the problem and not trying to solve it YET! Be a leader and drive your team to only focus on the process that is associated to the problem.
STEP #8 Brainstorm Solutions
Once you’ve designed the process map you can now start brainstorm where in the process you can solve the problem. You can repeat this 8 step system for solving the problem as well. Your crew can come up with solutions instead of problems - you can direct the conversation back to step one, then step two organize, .... until you get to test them in real life.
And because this is all cyclical you can review this problem a few times and try new solutions as you move through the process. It’s always great when you can create a lesson learned from each cycle so you’re team documents their success and yes… our failures. You’re failures make your successes that much sweeter!
Question: Does this process seem like something you’ll implement today? I’d love to know in the comments what problems you’d like to tackle.
Links From the Show:
Here's a link to Women and Drones - find out more. Women and Drones www.womenanddrones.com
Here's a link to the Women in Techology International Summit. https://www.witi.com/conferen…/…/summit/
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