Want Less Stress? Start by Understanding the SCARF Model

Most of us tend to think of ourselves as logical, rational people – and we hope that others think of us in the same light. However, it’s increasingly clear from both academic research and observations of the management of people that we tend to act more on emotion than logic. Consider the last time you […]

What Leaders Can Learn from Muhammad Ali

My hometown of Louisville, KY was the center of the universe last week as we bid farewell and celebrated the life of Muhammad Ali.  There are only a few “larger than life” people that each of us will experience during our lives, and he was certainly one of them.  He virtually invented trash talking, was […]

Joe Maddon – Management Guru

The toughest part of any organization is leading and managing its people.  Leadership is the more strategic, “thinking” part of the job – setting a clear direction, long-term planning, etc.  Management is more about execution – the “doing” part of the job – setting expectations, communicating, coordinating, etc.  A manager needs to be a coach, […]

“Team Health” and Football – not just about injuries

  When I help companies implement the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS®), we focus on making them both “smart” and “healthy”. “Smart” is about your products, processes, individual technical skills, technology, IP – the “hard” stuff. “Healthy” is about your people – who they are, what they value, how they behave, how they work together and […]

What can we learn from some 11-13 year-olds?

For ten days shortly before Labor Day, the entire country (and especially Chicago) was captivated by the story of the Jackie Robinson West (JRW) Little League team and their journey to the U.S Championship title and the World Championship final game. Part of the intrigue was the stark contrast between the positive news of this team of all African-American youngsters and the more common negative stories of violence from their neighborhoods. Another part of the story was the team’s success versus Chicago’s inept professional baseball teams. However, it was the values that these kids exhibited through their consistent behaviors that resonated with so many of us.

“Process” and “Spot” – How Rory McIlroy’s Big Win Can Help Your Business

Whether or not you play or follow golf, you may have heard that last weekend Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy won The Open Championship (British Open) and was declared “Champion Golfer of the Year”. At age 25, he is the third youngest to ever win 3 out of 4 of golf’s modern “major” championships. What you may not have heard were the two key words – “process” and “spot” – that he credited for his victory. You may also not imagine how the principles behind these words can apply to your business.

You Must Choose One System

A “Clarity Break” Thought from EOS® founder Gino Wickman: “You Can’t Build a Great Company on Multiple Operating Systems – You Must Choose One” The term “operating system” usually correlates to technology or is related to software. Consider an “operating system” for running your business, for managing and orchestrating the human energy in your company. […]

Process and Structure – The Keys to Consistent Execution

My family recently had dinner at a well-known restaurant outside Chicago – Bob Chinn’s Crab House.  In July 2012, Forbes magazine ranked Chinn’s as the highest-grossing restaurant in the U.S. ($24 million, not including alcohol).  Some statistics – 700 patron seats, average 2500 meals per day (4500 on peak days), staff of 300. I have […]

Three Impactful Words

(This is a guest post by Gino Wickman, the founder and Visionary of EOS Worldwide. He first published it in his Mid-Year clarity break.) At EOS Worldwide, we are obsessed with three words, and we apply them to everything we do internally as well as externally with our clients to achieve the results that we […]

Face to Face is Best

I was recently asked by a consulting organization to facilitate a meeting between two executives who seemed to be constantly at war regarding how things were being handled in their business unit.  The email traffic was fast and furious, and the temperature in them was rising. Based on the background information I received, it was […]

Core Values – Not Just for Wall Posters

“Core Values” is one of those business terms that has been so overused and misunderstood that we often dismiss it.  Jim Collins and Jerry Porras discussed core values in Built to Last, identifying that all great companies had a clear set of core values.  In the years following their book, many companies developed and announced […]

The Joy of Letting Go | EOS Worldwide

From Mike Paton, EOS Implementer in Minneapolis area: The Joy of Letting Go By Mike Paton On September 10, 2012 Back in March – while checking in during a session – one of my clients said something profound. This founding entrepreneur and Visionary reminded me what building a great organization is all about. It’s worth […]

One Giant Leap and “The Vision Thing”

The death of Neil Armstrong last weekend brought back some old memories.  His first step onto the lunar surface is one of those few events in history where you can remember exactly where you were and what you were doing.  I was enjoying my summer in a new house, about to enter high school.  I […]

“Who they are” trumps “What they know”

I sometimes joke that if it weren’t for customers, employees, and partners, business would be really easy!!  These are the most common topics in my business peer group discussions, along with sales and marketing – and guess who we are selling and marketing to – more people.  It all comes down to people. After 35 […]

How do you spell Commitment? “I WILL”

I was in an all-day session recently helping a client implement EOS® (the Entrepreneurial Operating System).  We were discussing quarterly goals/priorities (“Rocks” in EOS lingo), when one of the company’s leaders said “I hope to get that (the goal) done by the end of the quarter”.  I paused for a few seconds to let his […]

Want to Have Great Meetings?

A recent Wall Street Journal column referred to several surveys about workplace meetings.  One of the surveys ranked the #1 time waster in the office (cited by 47% of respondents) as “too many meetings”. My immediate reaction – no, too many bad meetings !! Regularly scheduled meetings of your leadership team are very important.  Done […]

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Mom always said “People Know” | EOS Worldwide

Great post from my EOS colleague Ed Callahan re calling out “the elephant in the room” http://eosworldwide.com/7766/eos/mom-people-know/

Five Skills Every Leader Must Master

Every leader must master five key skills – read more at http://www.ttiassessments.com/blogs/22

“Look Eye, Daniel-san”

Be direct – don’t beat around the bush !! It just wastes valuable time and resources.  Read more here.

Getting on The Same Page

One key to getting more of the right things done is to have the right “meeting pulse” – who meets, how often, what you address when, and how you run casino jameshallison your meetings.  Read more about the importance of the right meeting pulse here.

9 Things That Motivate Employees More Than Money

This article has some great tips on motivating employees. Note that the founder knew that he was not good at this, so he hired a CEO/Integrator.  Read more here.