Les Cowie Talks to the Greater Orlando Organization Development Network about “Best Practices” on June 8, 2018 This 22 minute presentation was recorded during the annual “best practices” conference. Les provides a step by step explanation of how to apply the step-by-step 7 Step approach.
Les Cowie of Les Cowie Consulting, LLC Les Cowie immigrated to the United States from South Africa, where he taught technological skills to people with limited or poor access to education. For twenty-seven years, he’s worked with venture capital groups and corporations in the USA to acquire, develop, and sell businesses in manufacturing, commercial, and service enterprises. Cowie has also created an innovative approach to presenting training for process improvement and talent development. His instructional tools use web-based videos and digital job-related simulators. He initially developed the 7 Steps described in New Job? Fast Start! when his daughter had to learn a new job in four days. Using Cowie’s process, she quickly excelled in her position. Cowie developed his 7 StepTM system to help In-Company Mentors guide new job entrants to analyze the job using 7 different and simple “X-Ray views” to quickly understand job content, requirements, and controls. His practical methodology transforms supervisors into effective coaches and helps job entrants be noticed for mastering their new jobs quickly. Cowie shows how the 7 Steps apply to every job. By following a standard approach, In-Company Mentors can help employees capture the essential content in their new job and produce a mini-manual for their own reference and that of people who follow them. For company critical jobs, the mini-manual can be used by a talent development team to produce detailed video instruction for new employees—especially in jobs with many employees in different geographic locations. Cowie was a loving husband before losing his wife, Fran, to cancer in March 2017. He is the proud father of three grown children: Rob (producer of The Blair Witch Project), Colette, and Ian. Cowie currently resides in Orlando, Florida.