Speed awareness courses for U K drivers are designed to educate, risk mitigate and change behaviours. The C-O-A-S-T model is a central feature in one of its programmes.

This multifaceted concept clarifies individual responsibilities, effectively navigates obstacles and ultimately takes back control.

Use C.O.A.S.T to diversify, deepen and expand inter-connectivity, embrace different perspectives and accelerate towards a stretched target within either a private, social or corporate environment.

Illustrative examples range from a successful launch of a commercial footprint, sales strategy or business transformation initiative to improve personal health, grow relationships or derive purpose.            

Purpose, impact and culture are powerful tools to cultivate engagement, generate allegiances and initiate partnerships. Here are the steps to put the theory into practice:

Concentration: Align efforts with mission to execute in a focused, high quality and efficient manner.

Yardstick: Ask whether a specific action, idea or behaviour really benefits the overall objective.

Observation: Incorporate fact finding into the discovery phase of an inquiry cycle. Empathise with stakeholders to understand perspectives, appreciate challenges and identify differences in approach. Rewind the evolution path to status quo to gather input, streamline data collection and future proof design thinking.

Yardstick: Ask the question ‘why’ 5 times to get into the detail, sweat the small stuff and re-surface root cause.

Anticipation: Use information to spot patterns, analyse behaviours and predict expectations. Identify pockets of expertise, elevate best practice and scale to formulate, adjust and enhance positioning.

Yardstick: Ask how much knowledge gathering occurred beyond the inner, middle and outer circles of trust to truly measure diversity of input.

Space: Set aside time to articulate, validate and pivot approach, inspire creativity and keep a distance. Prioritise moments to reflect, introspect and look around to establish location on the roadmap.

Yardstick: Ask how strong is the support for walkabouts, random interactions or power hours without interruptions.

TimeBe mindful to celebrate small wins, focus on what is within sphere of control and continuously operate, think and act consistently with future aspirations. Be proactively patient, influence and let opportunities unfold.

Yardstick: Ask what has happened to celebrate progress.

To re-visit C.O.A.S.T in the context of the speed awareness programme, this model optimises flow to navigate phantom bottlenecks, enable invisible incidents and allow for a timely arrival at the desired destination.

Individuals, organisations and corporates must (re-) visit their core values, inner spirit and ethics to switch productivity gears, circumvent lane hoggers and open up a road to full potential.

Let’s individually re-enter the risky learning zone for high performance focusing on collaboration, co-development and co-operation to collectively steer towards our hopes, dreams and ambitions.

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