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Advice and Insight For Entrepreneurs and Leadership Teams

Three Must-Haves to Achieve the Impossible

November 8, 2019

In the past several years, I have been regularly impressed by leadership teams that have achieved “big” things. At the front end looking forward, it was logical for each team, based upon their history, to conclude, "There's no way we’ll do this." So what made the difference? How did these teams of ordinary people succeed?
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The More I Work in My Business, the Less it's Worth

November 5, 2019

How can it be true that the more I work in my business, the less it’s worth? There was a small business owner who wanted to sell his business. To the business owner’s dismay, a valuation expert told him that because he had always controlled everything and had not developed a strong leadership team, the valuation he desired was dependent on him staying in the business. He was stuck!
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The Truth About Why Senior Executives Feel So Lonely

October 31, 2019

CEO's are lonely, and they often feel like there is nobody who understands. The pressure and the stakes are often high, and everyone is looking to the CEO for the answers, especially when things are tough-going. But who can a CEO turn to? They often don’t feel that they have people they can trust and go to for advice and counsel. There is a place.
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No Experience Wanted

October 30, 2019

A common frustration of many business owners is how difficult it is to find and keep “good people”. Conversely, “bad people”, those who regularly commit one or all of the Seven Deadly Sins, seem to abound. Even when “good people” are hired, it’s only a matter of time before they somehow mysteriously turn out to be “bad people”. The lament is often “they interviewed so well, but …”
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Conflict Creates Clarity

October 18, 2019

Some of the best meetings that I’ve been in lately are the ones where members of the leadership team challenge each other.There’s debate and push-back and the discussions are heated. Each person is actively engaged, putting the greater good of the organization ahead of personal agendas. Sometimes the feedback they give each other stings a little. But, when the dust settles there’s clarity around the root cause. Conflict creates clarity.
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Fortune 500 Company Goes Bankrupt When CEO Skips Clarity Break

October 17, 2019

Did you ever hear the story about the Fortune 500 CEO who skipped his Clarity Break™? The next day, he was so frazzled, and so unable to continue building his sinking company, that he filed for bankruptcy, moved to the Bahamas, and was never heard from again.
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Process Component™ Roundup: 5 Posts to Move You Towards 100% Strong

October 11, 2019

In a recent Clarity Break™️ Thought, EOS® Visionary Mike Paton provided four myth-busting truths to help you discover a real passion for strengthening the fifth component of the EOS Model™ -- Process. While it may not be the component you are most passionate about, when applied correctly, it results in simplicity, scalability, efficiency, and profitability. Results like that are sure to turn the head of any entrepreneur. Here are five blog posts that will help you tap into that passion and move you towards being 100% strong in the Process Component:
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I Bought the Business, but My Dad Won't Let Me Run the Place

October 7, 2019

Recently, one of my clients started using EOS® after he bought a business from his dad. After the purchase was completed and the money deposited in the bank accounts, his dad left to retire in a warm climate. But it wasn’t long before he returned, figuratively flying in the window of the business, dumping on everything, then flying out again. My client called it “Seagull Management.” Who's in charge?
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You Don't Need Agreement, You Need Commitment

September 30, 2019

Many of my clients talk about the struggle they’re having with getting agreement on their team. They say things like “my team is just not on the same page” or “I need to build consensus with my staff.” When I hear this, my answer is always the same: you don’t need agreement, you need commitment. Here’s what I mean…
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You Need to Know This About DIY Approaches to Business

September 20, 2019

When some companies have problems, they try to fix those issues with DIY (do-it-yourself) solutions. Often, struggling organizations come across EOS® [the Entrepreneurial Operating System, as introduced in Gino Wickman’s influential, best-selling book, Traction] and they will try to self-implement the system. But, without hiring a Professional EOS Implementer™ who has been in their shoes before, self-implementers may struggle to achieve the enormous benefits EOS can offer. You may want to consider these four points prior to making a decision about EOS.
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Rock On!

September 20, 2019

In a recent EOS® Quarterly Meeting, the leadership team was proud to report that they had completed each of the ten Rocks (key priorities) that they had committed to getting done. They had gotten close in previous quarters, always exceeding the goal of 80% completion but this was their first “100% quarter”. In fact, I’ve conducted hundreds of sessions with leadership teams over the years and none has ever completed all their Rocks. So, I asked the Integrator and his team, “What did you do differently this quarter to complete all your Rocks?”
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Listening to Your Rumble Strips

September 17, 2019

It has almost certainly happened to each of us - you’re driving down the road on cruise control. You’re not doing anything reckless, but your mind is on a million things besides the stretch of road you’re on. The next thing you know, you’re literally shaken back into focus by the rumble strip just on the other side of the white line. You’ve drifted a bit, so you make a slight course correction to straighten things out, and continue on your way with more focused direction. No big deal, right? Right. But things could have gotten really dicey if it weren’t for that rumble strip. Do you have rumble strips available to your business?
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Slow Down to Gain Clarity

September 11, 2019

Great leadership involves the relentless pursuit of clarity. No assumptions. Just clarity around what needs attention as an organization evolves.Part of the EOS Process™ is to introduce the power of the Clarity Break™ to each member of the leadership team. The concept is simple, yet may feel counter intuitive to the busy executive.
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How Do You Maximize the Transferable Value of Your Business?

August 27, 2019

A conversation with Gary Rose of Blue Sea Advisors, LLC about exit planning, making the most from your business, and what you need to do today to make sure your company is taken care of tomorrow. Do you have a plan?
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Entrepreneur's Digest #3 - Employee Engagement Is Like A Road Trip

August 16, 2019

“I just can’t seem to get my employees to buy in.” I hear business owners say this to me all the time. Employee engagement is top-of-mind for business leaders these days, especially those who struggle with it. When employees are engaged, they’ll help your business actually thrive, not just survive.
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How to Discover Your Core Focus

August 13, 2019

It is always a challenge to keep individuals and organizations focused, but that’s what great leaders do. Distractions abound, but great leaders have an internal compass that keeps them from drifting off course. Two things set your bearings – your why and your what.
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Micromanaging Rocks

August 13, 2019

Some leaders and managers have been tempted to deviate from the 5-minute rock review we teach in the weekly Level 10 Meeting™, desiring something more detailed than a simple, on track/off track, report. Is this necessary? Find out the damage this can do.
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There's a Tool for That

August 7, 2019

Gino Wickman created EOS® – and the EOS Toolbox™️ – to help people whose “vocation” happens to be “entrepreneur.” And he knew that to be successful, his toolbox – OUR Toolbox – would need to be full of things as simple and useful as a hammer or a shovel.
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Four Ways to Use Your Core Values to Attract and Hire Great People

August 2, 2019

Companies running on EOS® know that articulating and communicating your Core Values is essential to getting the right people in the right seats to help you achieve your vision. That’s because these values define the characteristics that you want every single person in the company to share so you can build the culture you want in your company.
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When Celebrating Becomes Strategic

July 30, 2019

Some teams hit an emotional wall after their first year of implementing EOS®.Teams that begin with many large issues to resolve, can make significant progress in the first year and, because of what is still left to accomplish, feel unsatisfied and a bit discouraged.
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Entrepreneur's Digest #3 - Congratulations! Growth is Destroying Your Company

July 29, 2019

Here’s the Takeaway: Growth is always good, but never easy. When you hit inevitable growing pains, it means you’re on the right track. Ask for help and rely on the 80% rule to break your ceiling.
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Anger Management in Business - 2 Rules

July 26, 2019

Anger management is a “hot” topic today because people often get angry and don’t know how to express and vent their anger in a healthy way. If you have been in a business meeting where someone has “blown up” or “shut down”, you know what I mean.
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Same Page Meeting - Video

July 23, 2019

If you have a visionary/integrator relationship, or you own or run a business along with one or more partners or co-owners – watch this three-minute video.
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Tips For Writing Great Rocks

July 22, 2019

Everyone who runs a company on EOS® struggles with how to set Rocks at the start of their journey. If you are having issues with setting your quarterly priorities, take heart – you are not alone! And it is not as difficult as it may seem at first.
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Entrepreneur's Digest #2 - Welcome the Zombies

July 14, 2019

Whether it’s people issues, lack of control, slow growth, or other issues that you just can’t seem to solve in your business or your life, just keep going. Success requires adversity and in some cases, zombies.
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Improving Leadership Meetings - Say it in One Sentence, and Make it Hurt

July 11, 2019

In their periodic leadership meetings does your leadership team spend endless amounts of time discussing issues? Never seeming to reach a conclusion or make a decision? The most likely source of this issue is a lack of trust – an unwillingness to say it like it is. There is a solution for that.
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Understanding a Visionary

July 9, 2019

Are you a visionary or an entrepreneur - or both? Is there a difference? Gino Wickman's new Book, "Leap," will help you better understand the visionary, and the critical role a visionary plays in an entrepreneurial business. Find out if you have what it takes to be or work with a true visionary.
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Where You Go, They Go

July 2, 2019

Company culture. Many people talk about, but not everyone puts in the effort to create it. And when they don’t, it becomes assumed – which isn’t what you want.
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Home Runs are Good, Hits are Better

June 28, 2019

Are you making Hits in your business or are you focused on Home Runs? Home Runs are more exciting and usually attributable to success, but Hits are the formula for longstanding success. Look at the careers of Hall of Fame inductees Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron, and Willie Mays.
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Here’s How Vulnerability Transforms Your Business

June 25, 2019

Here’s the takeaway: When an open and honest company culture gives employees permission to be vulnerable, people will thrive, and the company will gain real Traction.
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Conflict in the Workplace

June 24, 2019

Some people are great at avoiding conflict in the workplace. All you need to do is keep your mouth shut or yield to the strongest voice in the room. However you may be justifying your silence, passivity or lack of engagement, I want you to consider how damaging that behavior is for both you and your team. I also hope to give you some simple, practical suggestions for becoming a healthier, engaged fighter.
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Using the Right Business Tools, Training, and Process

June 18, 2019

Even the best tool, applied without proper training and the wrong process won’t deliver the desired result. Trust the tool. Learn to use it correctly and master the process to use it well.
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Embracing the Power of Community

June 18, 2019

“Alone” is defined by Merriam-Webster as “separated from others; isolated.” Far too many entrepreneurs know that feeling well. If you’re one of them, I’m hoping this Clarity Break™ helps to change that. Because in today’s day and age, it is simply not necessary to feel alone in the world, in your business, or at home. It’s holding you back, and it’s holding your business back.
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No Issues is an Issue: Improving Meeting Engagement

June 14, 2019

If you’ve ever walked into your Level 10 Meetings or Quarterly Planning and heard someone say “I don’t think we have any issues,” you’re on a slippery slope to mediocrity. If your meetings have become routine or your team looks to you as the source of substance for the agenda for the weekly time you’ve allotted together, then it’s time to consider some questions to better serve yourselves and your company.
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No More 'Guess Who' with GWC™

June 6, 2019

When was the last time you asked yourself: “Is everyone on my team in the right seat?”.To paraphrase Jim Collins from his book ‘Good to Great’, making sure that you have the ‘Right People’ (Core Values Fit), in the ‘Right Seats’ (Job Roles), is fundamental to the success and growth of your company.
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Entrepreneur's Digest #1 - How Vulnerability Will Transform Your Business

June 4, 2019

Here's the takeaway: When an open and honest company culture gives employees permission to be vulnerable, people will thrive and the company will gain real traction.
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How to Rip the Band-Aid Off

May 31, 2019

When someone is Wrong Person (doesn’t fit our Core Values and Culture), Wrong Seat (in a job they don’t GWC®; Get It, Want It, Capacity to do it and we can’t fix it), or both, the reality is that they have to go. As a leader, you’re there for the greater good of the business. Sometimes, helping someone to the door is what the greater good requires.
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Is Your Company Getting Everything It Needs from the Visionary Seat?

May 21, 2019

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Four Elements of Leadership and Management

May 17, 2019

There are thousands of books written about how to be an effective leader or manager and just as many “Top 10” lists of activities to do every day. The problem is, these books tend to be complex, and the lists don’t give context. In How to Be a Great Boss, authors Renè Boer and Gino Wickman explain what defines leaders and managers, and describe the four elements of leadership and management.
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The Circle of Safety - Establishing Trust Through Teamwork

May 14, 2019

In a growing company, it’s normal to feel like we're constantly in a battle for resources, results, energy, and people’s time and attention. Often, these daily challenges lead to unwanted tension and frustration.
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The Discipline of the Organizational Checkup

April 29, 2019

Are you in the habit of getting an annual physical? Many of us do this as a preventative measure to stay healthy. How about within your organization? Does your leadership team periodically assess the strength of your organization?
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What is an EOS® Implementer?

April 29, 2019

What's an EOS® Implementer? People tend to lump coaches, consultants and EOS Implementers into one big category of professionals who help businesses, business leaders, and leadership teams. However, there are some important differences.
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Identifying the Right Candidates With EOS® Tools

April 23, 2019

To acheive your vision, you must have the right people in the right seats. EOS can help you do that.
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Issues Solving With Speed

April 16, 2019

Bill Clinton made his national debut with a speech at the 1988 Democratic National Convention. He went on for 90 minutes. By far his biggest applause line of the night was “And so, in conclusion. . .” If only he’d started there.
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Confronting an Inefficient Team Member

April 12, 2019

It’s a good rule of thumb that when a member of your team needs to leave, you’re going to experience 36 hours of pain. The only question is when.
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Your Business is Just a Game of Golf

April 11, 2019

If you use a scorecard in golf, why not use one in your business? With right scorecard, you will always know exactly how you're doing at any time.
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A SIMPLE QUESTION TO KEEP YOUR ORGANIZATION HEALTHY AND PRODUCTIVE

April 10, 2019

Two epidemics kill cultures: end runs and unresolved complaining. Both waste time and energy, and are ultimately toxic to the health and productivity of your company. Luckily, these epidemics can be cured by asking a simple, powerful question.
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SOLVING BUSINESS PAIN

March 18, 2019

Too often when things aren't going right in your Business, you tend to focus on where you think the problems lie and come up with a solution in isolation to what's going on elsewhere in the company. It would be like getting a prescription from a doctor without first having a consultation about your symptoms to see what else is going on.The same applies in business; don't potentially misdiagnose the problem without all the facts. So how can you keep a close eye on all the facts?
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WHY DO SOME ROCKS FEEL LIKE BOULDERS?

March 18, 2019

EOS-run companies live by their quarterly Rocks. It’s in their DNA. Perhaps you’re not familiar with the term or you’re not clear of the true meaning.Rocks are simply 90-day priorities that yield BIG impact when completed. The key is to consistently pick the right Rocks and get them done. But this may not be as easy at it sounds.
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DISCIPLINE SHOULDN'T BE SCARY

March 18, 2019

Accountability and discipline are often associated with negative stereotypes and consequences. It usually means forcing something on someone. It doesn’t have to be. When done right, accountability is embraced instead of feared. If you are doing all you can as a leader and manager, then accountability results. If not, then it’s time to find another person to fill that seat.I teach my clients that Great Leadership + Great Management = Accountability. When my clients use this formula, they get to Right Person Right Seat decisions quicker. How do you know you’re doing all you can as a leader and manager? Focus on these 4 attributes for each.
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DO YOU TREAT YOUR ROCKS AS A SEPARATE JOB? 2019

March 18, 2019

Over the last few months, I’ve been hearing a common theme among my clients. They keep saying, “I have a day job and a Rock job.” At first that confused me a little bit. Then I realized that one of two things is true. One possibility is that we chose the wrong Rocks for the quarter. The second possibility is that the team member is spending most of their time on useless activities.Certified EOS® Implementers teach our clients the idea of setting 90-day goals or priorities that we call “Rocks.” This helps them focus their “day” jobs around the most important things for the company and for their department. During a full-day session we create these priorities and everyone gets in agreement on what the most important things are. Then the leader puts their head down and goes to work.
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HOLD YOUR EMPLOYEES ACCOUNTABLE WITHOUT DAMAGING COMPANY CULTURE 2019

March 18, 2019

Many business leaders have worked hard to build their company's culture, only to realize that they've created a culture without accountability. There's a healthy work/life balance and employees enjoy being together, but productivity isn't as strong as it should be and no one seems to be on the same page.Many leaders are afraid of being "the heavy" and ruining company culture by suddenly holding employees accountable for their work. How can you create accountability throughout your organization without damaging morale?Here are five ways to develop a healthy culture of accountability that your employees will be grateful for.
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