Are you using frameworks properly?

The concept of frameworks gets bantered about frequently. So much that often the actual substance in focus is less framework and more… well, I don’t know. Let’s call it an attempt to define how people should get things done.

The confusion over frameworks gets us into trouble.

The Straight Talk Framework is a system for success. It wasn’t a term selected because it sounded good. It’s a framework because of how it works and the value it provides.

But what does ‘framework’ actually mean?

The classic definition of framework is “the basic structure of something. A set of ideas or facts that provide support for something.” A simple Google search returns “a basic structure underlying a system, concept, or text.”

A framework is the basic structure, the essential ideas and elements.

Frameworks are powerful when used properly.

Here are some key points to consider when working with frameworks.

Frameworks shape thinking and guide action

Frameworks give us a way to sort and organize information. It offers a consistent, but often flexible, pathway. That allows us to choose the approach based on our situation and context.

Frameworks help us expand our field of view to get a more complete picture.

Frameworks allow us to synthesize other information into our journey. To draw on the work of others. A guide to process what we learn. A method to put it all together — and explain how and why it works.

Straight Talk is a distilled set of “universal truths.” There is no single or right way to use the framework. No set way to answer the questions. Sometimes the Straight Talk Framework unlocks, reorders, or otherwise guides action. Things you can already do. Perhaps in a different way.

That’s how the framework brings people together. It guides the different backgrounds, experiences, and approaches to a common understanding. All without the need to compete.

Frameworks complete, they don’t compete (this is the key)

Often, the work of the framework is to shift mindset and guide action based on what you already know. The framework provides the structure and order to get the results you seek.

Frameworks don’t compete with existing or different methods of doing the work. They complete the process. Use the framework to bring different experiences together matched to the situation.

In this way, the power of a good framework is to bring a team together. Think of this less as a replacement and more as an overlay.

Instead of forcing a way of acting, it guides the process and defines the outcome. Each individual is free to rely on their experience and ability to reach the goal. The framework gives each a chance to share their value, blend it with others. In the process, they get to realize the value of others.

The Straight Talk Framework completes existing knowledge and experience. It does not compete with them. It’s not a “my way or the highway.” And it’s never “Michael’s way” of doing things.

The structure of a framework reduces friction

Friction erodes value. Friction in communication creates frustration and destroys trust. It increases the cost of connecting with others. It stalls progress and causes programs to fail.

Structure is the antidote to friction.

A framework that provides structure gives us a way to connect. And it allows us to exchange information and experiences with other people.

Less friction leads to more value.

Frameworks measure progress and protect value

The nature of frameworks to sort and organize information lends itself to assessment, too. Use frameworks to develop a keen awareness of self. Or to assess and understand situations.

Candid assessments offer insights into the best next step. No set way, but understanding how to put the key elements to work in the situation. And a mechanism to guide — and check — on that progress.

The power of a framework delivers Straight Talk

The Straight Talk Framework shapes the mindset, guides development of the skill set, and structures an experience. It’s consistent. And it is compatible with any other training and development. It’s a mechanism to see where it all fits. To check the training. To keep everyone on the same page.

This is how you can offer the Straight Talk people crave and get the Straight Talk you deserve. The candid, direct, and valuable insights needed to clarify focus, prioritize effort, and take action with your best next step.

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Michael Santarcangelo
 

The founder of Security Catalyst, Michael develops exceptional leaders and powerful communicators with the security mindset for success.