About Jim Coyle

Jim Coyle has over 15 years of helping companies obtain the level of success they were built to achieve. Jim has owned and operated many of his own small to midsized business operations (SMB) and realized that small businesses need their own set of solutions. Read more about Jim here.

The Essential Habit Most Entrepreneurial Leaders Are Missing

Most entrepreneurial leaders are great at doing, but they’re not so great at thinking. That’s a mistake that always comes back to bite them, eventually. I was at a recent session with a client. We were discussing a specific issue, trying to get to the root (a process called IDSing), when the team realized that [...]

2018-02-09T14:08:23+00:00February 12th, 2018|Blog Articles, Leadership, Strategic Planning|Comments Off on The Essential Habit Most Entrepreneurial Leaders Are Missing

Should You Commit to a Bad Team Decision?

“But Jim, I completely disagree with the decision. How can you expect me to support John’s decision and commit to it when I think it’s wrong?” “Tom”, I replied, “I’m not asking you to agree with John. I’m asking you to do the greater good—to be unified as a leadership team in all the decisions [...]

2017-11-27T20:16:18+00:00November 27th, 2017|Difficult Decisions|Comments Off on Should You Commit to a Bad Team Decision?

Why You Should Manage All Your Employees Like Millennials

I recently had a conversation with a friend who was struggling with managing a millennial. She asked me for thoughts on how to best manage her younger staff. As we talked, I realized that Millennials take a bad rap for being needy for things that we as leaders and managers should be doing anyway. I [...]

How Consensus Can Kill Your Company

Most people would say that consensus is a wonderful thing. When everyone agrees, there will be no battles and the project will go on without a hitch, right? Unfortunately, no. In his book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni says, “Consensus is horrible. I mean, if everyone really agrees on something and consensus [...]

2017-06-26T17:50:52+00:00June 26th, 2017|Blog Articles, Conflict Management, Difficult Decisions, Leadership|Comments Off on How Consensus Can Kill Your Company

Is Your Business Structured Like a Race Horse or a Platypus?

Most companies end up structured in a way that is very unintentional. Recently I told a new client that many companies end up with an organizational structure that looks much more like a platypus than the stallion your company needs. They got a chuckle out of this. I soon learned that the nervous laughter was [...]

2017-02-14T02:35:57+00:00February 14th, 2017|Accountability, Blog Articles, Company Growing Pains, Difficult Decisions, Leadership, Simplify, Small Business, Structure, Team Health|Comments Off on Is Your Business Structured Like a Race Horse or a Platypus?

Verbal Hugs – Are They Keeping You From Being an Effective Communicator?

If you want to be a more effective communicator, have more productive meetings, and have people respect you more - skip the verbal hugs.  “Sounds good Jim, but what the heck is a verbal hug?” Good question.  A verbal hug is used to soften the blow of what you believe is going to be difficult [...]

2017-01-06T15:39:39+00:00January 6th, 2017|Accountability, Blog Articles, Communication, Company Culture, Conflict Management, EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System), Management, Team Health, Time Wasters|Comments Off on Verbal Hugs – Are They Keeping You From Being an Effective Communicator?

Controlling Techniques: How “Right Seat” Changes to “Wrong Person” by David Bowman

Generally, when working with clients, it’s often easier to distinguish right person if the client has done a great job at creating meaningful Core Values than it is to distinguish right seat due to the complex nature of performance. Let’s consider the following scenario: You have been dreading, for a week now, the conversation that [...]

2017-01-02T21:13:41+00:00December 21st, 2016|Blog Articles, Employee Development, EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System), Management, Problem Solving|Comments Off on Controlling Techniques: How “Right Seat” Changes to “Wrong Person” by David Bowman

Effectiveness = Ability x Commitment

November 15th, 2016 Let me ask the leaders a couple questions. Do you find yourself clearly stating what needs to be done in your team? When a team member has an issue, do you tell them the best way to fix their issue? If you are working through a performance concern with staff member, do [...]

2017-01-02T21:13:41+00:00November 16th, 2016|Accountability, Blog Articles, Communication, Company Culture, EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System), Management, Small Business|Comments Off on Effectiveness = Ability x Commitment