Previously on Totally, Totally, Global Inc. Sales are down. Morale is low. Strategy has been neglected. Jo has a breakthrough and develops a saga. Jo finds the first person to join his elite team. The 3 point plan.
He sat back and then leaving his notebook on the table picked up his phone and went inside, bought a small coconut juice and returned. The sun was getting warm; he downed much of the juice. It was pretty simple really: three things and they could do it. That was his plan. He would pitch to the board and if necessary to the shareholders and they could turn this around. There would be no PPT slides; just the story of their journey: a saga.
He stood up and stretched. He had to get the organisation rallied and this launched within the week; he needed a team assembled by the end of next week; he needed an off-site location with no distractions. He needed simple, lean and mean. And then they needed to leap. That was it: he needed to re-gain that passion of the start-up. The long-hours with a purpose rather than political game-playing. People who wanted to be in the room rather than had to be in the room as they had no other place to go. He wanted to have achieved something rather than fabricated BS for his quarterly objectives.
He felt good. It was a pretty obvious plan but it had taken him to time to get there and it had taken him time to articulate it. And the organisation currently had no plan. Just a mission and a set of ignored values. And it had taken him time to have the confidence to realise it could be done.
He glanced at his phone, checked the time and removed flight mode. 1142 and e-mails and texts slipped in. He scanned the texts: his sister worrying about their mother, a credit card company doing a security check and a nice text from Mary. And 17 e-mails: later. He tidied his table: returning the tiny doppio cup to the counter, binning the coconut juice in the recycling. He thanked the staff and walked briskly back to the office. Life was good.