Three core application components -- CrucialMissions, CrucialObjectives, and CrucialMeetings -- work together to form CrucialManagement's simple and effective system for coaching and managing knowledge workers.
Most corporate systems demand lots of detail, which kills productivity and morale at the knowledge professional level and prevents managers from seeing the forest for the trees. CrucialManagement only focuses on the strategic top 20% of work that yields the most meaningful progress, leaving remaining 80% for employees to task manage on their own.
CrucialMissions is a web-based app that helps employees identify their most important projects, then plan the meaningful “first down” steps that must be done to succeed.
CrucialMissions is a bottom-up planning and execution system for knowledge-workers and their managers. Unlike task management and project management systems that invariably drown in minutia, CrucialMissions is simple and minimalistic, helping employees focus on the crucial next step on each project while engaging the team’s manager in near-realtime, leveraging his or her experience and wisdom.
CrucialMissions features real-time status, alerts, and reminders to save time now spent on weekly reviews and status updates, while effectively eliminating procrastination. Importantly, the system differs from most corporate systems by keeping a DVR like history, enabling organization learning and seamless project hand-offs when employees change roles.
Importantly, because CrucialMissions is only concerned with the strategic progress, it takes minimal time to get your team up and running. Most teams are up and productive on the system in less than an hour.
Every crucial project needs a high-level plan. When you think things through, results improve. CrucialMissions makes it simple and straightforward to have a living, flexible, near-realtime plan.
Significantly improved focus on the top 20% delivers exponential better business results for your team.
CrucialObjectives is a web-based app that makes it simple and straightforward to assign and monitor employee progress on manager-assigned objectives. It helps employees plan meaningful “next” steps that must be done to attain each objective. CrucialObjectives is a crisp and effective top-down Management by Objectives (MBO's) system.
Once an employee is assigned an objective, he or she is asked to plan the crucial, high-level steps to accomplish the goal. CrucialObjectives helps employees to focus on the single crucial next step on each project while engaging the team’s manager in real time, leveraging the manager’s experience and wisdom. Procrastination is eliminated. The manager sees progress in near-realtime and can proactively coach employees that are getting bogged down.
CrucialObjectives features real-time status, alerts, and reminders to save time now spent on weekly reviews and status updates. Importantly, the system differs from most corporate systems by keeping a DVR like history, enabling organization learning and seamless project hand-offs when employees change roles. Personnel assessments at the end of a quarter or year become simple and accurate.
Setting well-designed objectives and following up to make sure that people make significant weekly progress toward those objectives will make a big impact on your team’s achievements.
CrucialMeetings is a web-based app that helps employees pre-plan meetings and then debrief after a meeting, collecting crucial details permanently. Planning is the key to better meetings, resulting in better information discovery, greater progress per meeting, and improved business momentum.
The truth is that most substantial corporate progress happens at a meeting. Unfortunately, many meetings become wasted opportunities when people arrive unprepared for a meaningful exchange, don’t ask good questions, don’t listen well, don’t take notes, and have no end-of-meeting goals in mind.
CrucialMeetings is a minimalistic and effective web-based system for pre-planning meetings. It focuses the employee on asking good questions and beginning with the end in mind. Once a plan is created, the manager has time to weigh in with coaching and collaboration. After the meeting, CrucialMeetings asks for a simple debrief, and unlike many corporate systems, it captures a permanent DVR-like record so that details can be recalled months or years later. The system offers excellent search capabilities to recall the right meeting details quickly.
CrucialMeetings can be used standalone or as a plug-in module with CrucialMissions and/or CrucialObjectives. Most projects require a number of meetings as part of the drive to success, so it is a natural fit with these project-oriented modules.
A team that uses CrucialMeetings benefits as the pace and quality of meetings improves, resulting in greater accomplishments.
In addition to our core components above, two subsystems make an important contribution to the overall value of the solution:
Powerpoint presentations, pictures, Adobe PDFs, Microsoft Word docs and Excel spreadsheets -- there is no shortage of files used when we communicate. These files and others complete the picture when it comes to having a CrucialMissions bottom-up strategic project, a CrucialObjectives top-down management initiative, or a CrucialMeetings plan stored where it can quickly be found and understood.
CrucialAttachments is a great, low-cost option that can be used with any or all of our core components. When CrucialAttachments is activated, users can securely upload and store these files with their projects and plans.
No more lost attachments in the catacombs of e-mail or the maze of hard drive folders. We make secure cloud-based storage easy, linking files to projects. Files can be downloaded whenever needed to the user's workstation or by any manager in his or her chain of command.
Importantly, when a project is reassigned to another employee, all the reference files come along for the ride.
Be organized, be happy, with CrucialAttachments.
CrucialArchives is a foundational subsystem to all our apps.
At most companies, corporate memory is very flawed and often mostly non-existent, unless a transaction is actually transacted. Even when there are transactions, the details that surround the deals are usually lost. Re-inventing the wheel happens far too often.
Lets take one example.
Image that a sales rep, Joe Smithwick, has been working for five years, trying to win a new account, Gigantor Corporation. Over those five years, he has had several managers because one left for a competitor and his group was re-organized under another. Unfortunately, although he comes close on several occasions, Joe never wins a deal at Gigantor and winds up leaving the firm.
A new rep, Samantha Smart, is assigned to work on Gigantor but she gets little to go on. Joe deleted most of his email and files over the years, turning over little. There are some minimal entries in the Salesforce CRM system, but many are outdated. Sam gets access to Joe's old email folders, but there are thousands of notes that camouflage any notes of real value. The manager is not much help as she has had this group for less than a year.
CrucialArchives, along with the CrucialManagement Suite changes the game. CrucialArchives acts as a digital recorder, a DVR of sorts, enabling the project owner to either report on any project or replay, step-by-step, all elements that were added. Nothing is missing, and everything is aligned by project, objective, meeting, or initiative.
Had Joe Smithwick been using CrucialMissions and CrucialMeetings, Samantha would have hit the ground running after just a few hours of study. The value of this cannot be overstated.
Don't lose valuable time. Don't miss opportunities to learn and speed up progress. CrucialArchives changes the game, and it is included with all the components of the CrucialManagement Suite: it is our secret sauce.