I’ve always been interested in business organisation and structure, especially organisations that provide learning and transformation. Since we founded Strategic Coach over 30 years ago, I’ve looked to these organisations for examples of how to keep clients coming back.
One that I always look back to and that I was a part of myself is the Boy Scouts, which I participated in from the age of 10 till about 13. I loved being a Boy Scout, and I still have the Handbook For Boys that I received when I became a Scout.
This handbook is a complete layout of how Scouts progress from a Tenderfoot, the entry level when you first join the Scouts, to being an Eagle Scout, the highest possible designation.
I find the Boy Scouts organisation interesting on many levels — how it came into existence, how it was organised, and how it kept Scouts in the programme for four or five years.
A like-minded approach to keep clients coming back.
What I see when I look at the Boy Scouts is an organisation that wants to keep its members engaged and growing over a long period of time, learning fundamental life skills that they can tap into throughout their lives.
That is exactly what I envisioned when we founded Strategic Coach. But how do you create an organisation, especially one like ours based on a learning process, that will have longevity? More important, how do you keep clients coming back?
We have some clients who have been in The Strategic Coach Programme for more than 30 years, since the first workshop I coached. They’ve come every quarter, every 90 days roughly, for 30 years. How do we build on this?
Key design principles.
These are the principles that I see as the foundation of a successful “learning” business that has built-in longevity:
These are the three business principles we’ve based the Strategic Coach structure and organisation on, and it’s amazing to me still how closely they mesh with those of the Boy Scouts organisation I experienced and admired in my youth.
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