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October 2016 • The PCB Design Magazine 35 BIZ BRAIN IQ TEST: THE SURPRISING RESULTS Bonus Question I have one final bonus question for those of you who are interested in the costs of bring- ing sustainable systems optimization to your company and people: What is the average ROI for doing in- depth, sustainable, systems optimization work in conjunction with systems-based staff training? A. 300%–1000% B. 100%–300% C. 50%–100% D. 47% E. 28% F. 10-25% The answer to this question can be found after the scoring summary below. The Biz Brain IQ Test is designed to intro- duce you to the power of systems thinking and the roles of leadership and management in harnessing that power. The test challenges many of the old beliefs about leadership and management that now go unexamined. It is also an opportunity for you to get a feel for where you stand in relation to other leaders and managers as relates to systems thinking and the use of systems optimization tools as your best bet for resolving problems and sig - nificantly improving the performance of your company. Check out your score and, if you have ques- tions, feel free to contact me anytime. Scoring 150–200—You are a genius leader or man- ager. You're probably in the top 1−2% of all leaders or managers. Your business will likely dramatically outperform those of your com- petitors. You are probably being recognized as a leader in your industry and business in general. 130–149—Congratulations! You are for the most part a good leader or manager. Your business is probably doing well in relation to your competitors. You may be seen as a leader in your industry. 110–129—You are about average and prob- ably a somewhat effective leader or manager. Your business is probably performing about the same of your competitors. Your company could be doing significantly better. 90–109—You are below average in your knowledge of systems and growing your peo - ple. Your business is probably struggling at times and needs work in both systems optimi- zation and growing people. 89 or less—You may have difficulty sus- tainably solving problems, motivating people or growing the business. Your business will often be filled with drama and expensive firefights. You may well be feeling somewhat overwhelmed or exhausted. Bonus Question Answer The answer is A: 300%–1000%. Because ROIs like this are very rare in most businesses, for most leaders and managers this is a hard number to fathom. Yet, throughout a 25-year period of doing this type of work, 300–1000% first year ROIs are where the returns on the vast majority of implementations fell. The point of this question is to get leaders and managers thinking about what they might do to raise their game and most benefit their people and companies. PCBDESIGN References 1. Biz Brain IQ Test by Dibble Leaders. David Dibble is a keynote speaker, trainer, consultant, executive coach, and systems thinker. For more than 25 years he has consulted and trained in the workplace, with a focus on his systems-based book The New Agreements in the Workplace. To reach Dibble, click here.

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