Today I went to the “Launchpad” day of the KPI Programme.
KPI in this instance stands for Key Person of Influence programme. I don’t know if you have ever heard of KPI, but my friend Darshana (who I interviewed last year in this very blog) is now Head of Business at Entrevo UK, and they are the company who run the programme.
The KPI programme is an intense programme for entrepreneurs and business owners and is based on a book called “Become a Key Person of Influence” by Daniel Priestley.
When the book came out I was lucky enough to get a copy as I participated in an offer run by the publishers.
So, I have the book, isn’t that enough?
You’re probably wondering why I signed up to this programme when I could just implement what the book says? Well – the programme is so much more than just a course. In a nutshell, it’s a chance to experience facilitated implementation, guided by mentors who are top of their game.
Having only completed “Day One” I am not going to be able to tell you exactly what the big results will be from this. But what I can tell you is some key learnings I got from today, and which I know will be relevant to all!
Some key learnings I got from today
- Having other people to hold you accountable makes you get things done – especially if you don’t like letting people down. Isnt that strange how we continually let ourselves down and procrastinate important things, but when other people expect things from us, we do them? That’s why group environment learning works better than just reading and learning on your own!
- Sometimes we tend to be too humble – The others who were in the room were all lovely and I got a great energy from them. I am looking forward to getting to know them better. One thing I noticed – and here I am going to be brave and just say it – is that we are all guilty of being just a little bit too humble (although it is one of the words written in Charlotte’s Web). Personally, I am 100% sure that what I and my team can deliver . Our knowledge, service and talent is beyond exceptional – but even so I didn’t feel ready to pipe up and publicly announce it to the room full of people I don’t yet know – as I don’t want to appear too “salesy” – and I wasn’t the only one.
- Any one running a business already has a history of stories and achievements which just need to be harnessed, packaged and communicated! Exactly why I am in the design and communication business – as I kept telling people today – every business has unique attributes that exist in their people and their way of carrying out their service. The KPI programme is there to help people do that, and that pretty much matches with the TLD aim to “bring out the magic”!
- I invite you to keep a closer eye on my experience in this! Here’s a little inside information! I am part of a small subset “accountability group” called the “KPI Unicorns” – with 3 guys and me. Even writing the name makes me smile. I think it’s an incredible achievement that I got this particular group of 3 guys to agree to my suggested team name. But when else (after school and outside of sport) do you get to be a part of a team and give yourself fun names? Find us on Twitter by searching the hashtag #kpiunicorns! Send us a tweet too!
I am looking forward to seeing how this lovely group develops. If you have been on the KPI Programme and want to share your experience, please comment below!