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Episode 9: Putting the WHO-DO Method in Place in Small to Mid-Size Companies, with Karla Nelson and Allen Fahden

Anyone who knows Karla Nelson describes her as an experience. She is as close as a human being can ever be to a human doing. It’s simple. She finds an idea that’s different and valuable, and then she builds it with a team. Swiftly, and relentlessly. She does this by a rare process of how to fit people together, that goes far beyond just connecting them. Karla has built several businesses since her early twenties and learned that in business and in life, “Relationships Are Everything.” And now she has put it all in a form that’s easy to learn and use: The People Catalysts.

When the world zigs, Allen Fahden zags. His first book introduced the unifying theory of creativity. Using his own method he created the one-book bookstore, and got media exposure in front of 50 million people without doing anything. Next, he launched the first strength-to-strength work process that gets three to eight times more done in less time. He beat Gallup and the Strengths Finder by five years. One company used his method to take their division from $20 million to $60 million in two years, while the rest of the company was flat. His clients include Jeff Bezos of Amazon, and dozens more.

Between them and their team, Karla and Allen have used the WHO-DO Method with 25 of the Fortune 100 and dozens of mid market companies and startups. Typically, The WHO-DO Method cuts 50-80% off cycle time and produce better results with happier people. The Who-Do Method’s client list includes Target, Best Buy, Disney, Comcast, 3M, Amazon, General Mills, HP, Coca-Cola, Deloitte, Cargill, Chase, US Bank, State Farm Insurance, IBM and many other corporate market leaders.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Where we’ve been
  • A refresher course on the WHO-DO Method
  • Why the WHO-DO Method has traditionally been for large businesses and the research we’ve done to adapt it to smaller businesses
  • The non-profit of small business owners that wanted to help other small businesses who we worked with to implement our strategy
  • The profile that we had the members of the non-profit take
  • Why the non-profit’s facilitator had trouble keeping the other members of the non-profit in their lanes and why we took over as Master Facilitators
  • What we accomplished in the first three hours
  • The challenges that happen when you don’t have a balanced team
  • Physically removing people from the room to keep people focused on their strengths
  • The correlation between having fun and getting things done
  • Why repetition is the key to success with the WHO-DO Method and the video training we’ve created to solve that problem

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