Noise Reduction Program(TM) Tools

The Noise Reduction SystemTM operates through ten classes. At these three hour sessions, participants are taught to focus on the "noise" that is keeping their boss from being more effective and also taught how to make better decisions and improve their managerial activities.

The core of the Noise Reduction SystemTM is the tools that have been created and designed by Larry Linne. There are over 20 separate tools that participants go through that cover all aspects of business and make them better able to make the noise go away.

Psychology of a FIC -  Clarify communications that help SIC understand the FIC and typical psychological issues that make the FIC unique.

What a FIC Needs - Capture the keys to what makes the FIC happy and more   productive. Identifying the items that when dealt with will make the noise go away. .

Up at Night ListTM - Get and keep FIC and SIC aligned on items that will  make a big difference in making the noise go away. Move beyond listing these items to turning them into measurable actions so we can review actions and results.

30 Day Guide to Success Tool - How we track all action required between classes. Enables continuous improvement and accountability

The “Why" Exercise - Focuses SIC on identifying what motivates them to focus on what they do best. They are asked to take the FIC through this illuminating exercise. 

MySkillsTM - SICs uncover unique skills and talents and identify what they do best to bring greatest value. (Bonus-DNA Performance Assessment and Personal Talents Inventory reports add additional insights)

My Team - Helps SICs understand the environment and resources available for both them and the FIC and how they can be more effective.  

Consequence WorksheetTM - A decision making tool that helps SICs and others make better, higher quality decisions based on potential consequences.

Innovation Gap Eliminator - Identifies what prevents ideas from getting implemented in their organization and prioritizes some changes that need to be made.  

SIC Priority Filter - Helps the SIC prioritize innovation and ideas that come from both them and the FIC.

Interpretation Clarifier - Helps SIC craft messages to effectively interpret the FIC's vision and instructions to the organization.

Corporate Values Identifier - Ensure that SICs are aligned with corporate values to guide their decision making and company priorities.

Personal Values Identifier -. SICs learn to manage the perception that FICs think they are alone worrying about the businesses and become proactive in showing they care too.

Sleep Perception - Reviews "Up at NightTM" list and creates action plans based on short term concerns, long term concerns and the top 5 future opportunities.  

Proactive Client Management - A planning tool that helps SICs plan to manage relationships with clients.

My Brand - Develops personal brands for SICs so they can be more effective.(Bonus- DISC & Emotional IQ Quotient tools provide additional insights).

Have to, Want to, Should Do - SICs gain clarity about what they want and develop strategies to turn “Should do” into “Have to” items.

Activity Transfer Plan - Eliminates non-productive items from SIC daily work to be able to make the noise go away for the FIC. Tool that guides SICs through thinking to be innovative and creates structure for fast implementation.

Noise Reduction Clarifier - Helps SICs write performance objectives for the position that are clear and based on results and that SICs will take ownership of.

Innovation Development System - SICs review company opportunities and develop ideas for innovative new products and services to discuss with the FIC.  

Organizational System Evaluation - Helps SICs identify the right organizational system to maximize productivity.

Cultural Evolution - Helps SICs proactively manage the culture so that FICs will feel safe enough to do what they do best. Process creates clarity around both the behaviors that must be built and ones that must be broken to reach the desired culture.
Tuition 101 - Helps an organization look differently at mistakes to learn from them and never repeat them. 

The Four Pillars of Behavior

  • Dominance

    The D is challenge-oriented, competitive, highly active, innovative, and tenacious. They are forceful, decisive, direct and independent - bottom-line driven self-starters who value time and are not content with the status quo.  

    The Time Edge



  • Influence

    The I is expressive, enthusiastic, friendly, demonstrative, and talkative. They are optimistic, creative problem solvers who verbalize articulately Outgoing and empathetic, they want to be liked and trusted and make great team players.

    The Time Edge

  • Steadiness

    The S is methodical, reliable, steady and modest. They are loyal, patient, dependable team players and work hard for the right leader. Calming and stabilizing, they are logical, step-wise thinkers who are good at completing tasks. 

    Edge Business Essentials

  • Compliance

    The C is analytical, exacting, careful, and deliberative. They maintain high standards and are , task oriented objective thinkers. They define, clarify, get information, criticize, test, pay attention to small details, and like to follow the rules. 

    The Alternative Board

A Better Team

Building a more effective management team allows you to spend time on what you do best. When you are able to focus on what adds the most value to the company, you can boost your bottom line exponentially.

Increased Value

Improving your management team will increase the value of your business. The more time you spend working in your business the less it is worth. Purchasers increasingly look for solid management in their acquisitions. 

Quality of Life

If you're planning to sell, building a more effective management team will increase the value of your business. Acquirers look for solid management, and the more time you spend working in your business the less it is worth.

Exit Strategy

If your likely exit is to sell to family or employees, the successful perpetuation of the business depends on it being able to function without you. Investing in better managers is an essential start towards that goal.