However, when the boys were forced to do a school project with Tweek, they soon realize that the Gnomes are indeed real, and are indeed stealing underpants.
The reason for the thefts is apparently due to some sort of higher corporate plan.
That’s key—that’s really all that matters to get to the gnomes’ endgame. We’re looking to see if there is one at all, if people can articulate it in their own words, and if they are engaged by it. Clarity has three domains: Let’s look at clarity of vision and plan today, since that’s where the gnomes are struggling.
As it stands they simply have a cave full of underpants. In my previous book, Rules for Renegades, I talked about how an MBA is optional but a GSD (Get Stuff Done) is essential.
We have a clarity issue here; how exactly do we move from stealing underpants to profit? We’re not looking to see if the vision is almighty and powerful. Clarity can also be an act of omission—what we choose to be explicit and implicit about.
That’s key—that’s really all that matters to get to the gnomes’ endgame. We’re looking to see if there is one at all, if people can articulate it in their own words, and if they are engaged by it. This choice sets up the person we’re interacting with to succeed or struggle—and sometimes this person is oneself. When we’re clear we feel aligned and energized, and our team feels motivated because they have explicitly stated expectations. Because being truly clear means we need to take the time to discover what we need, to articulate it clearly, and to be sure the other party understood our communication.Phase 1: Get into EL/EP because the population is aging. There are reasons for that, which I’ll explore in my next post.As this year draws to a close, look back at all your hard work, the accomplishments and the disappointments. ” The gnome replies, “It’s all part of our business plan.” The boys accept the gnome’s invitation to follow him to his headquarters and learn about their business. The gnome confidently replies, “Oh, this is just the collection phase: Phase 1.” “What is Phase 2? The gnome doesn’t know, so he introduces them to the CEO gnome, who fires up a Power Point presentation. How many loyal workers go about their business but have no idea why they do what they do?” The gnomes cheer as the CEO reads this last step aloud. That business, just like the Underpants Gnomes Underwear Enterprise, will never move to the next inflection point—not for all the underpants in the world. When my team does a Cultural Assessment at a company, often the first questions we ask each of the interviewees are about the company vision and their alignment with it. Clarity is crucial in both vision and communication.If what you’re doing hasn’t lived up to expectations, maybe it’s time to discover why.So, how do you swap The Underpants Gnomes’ Business Plan for a better one? Get a fresh set of eyes and a new perspective on what you’re doing and where you want to go. Underpants Gnomes appear in the stereotypical Gnome fashion, with thick long beards.They primarily wear red shirts, blue pants, and black belts.But, speaking as a writer who worked in the television and film industry, I’ve always admired Trey Parker and Matt Stone for their ability to consistently crank out an episode from A to Z in less than two weeks, and evoke an emotional response from their audience. Their business plan was simple: Phase 1: Collect Underpants Phase 2: ?Phase 3: Profit A number of attorneys I know jumped into Estate Planning and/or Elder Law with a business plan that looks amazingly like that of The Underpants Gnomes. Phase 3: Profit Vast numbers of attorneys are stuck on Phase 2 because, as it turns out, getting consumers to buy wills and estate plans is almost as difficult as selling used underpants.