Certainty in Uncertain Times

These are most certainly uncertain times.  In my sessions with clients over the last few months, the underlying cause for this uncertainty is COVID, but what specifically each of the leaders is uncertain about varies.  As one of my clients said, “Jim, I actually have no idea what we should do.” The problem with all [...]

Keep Calm and Prioritize: 3 Simple Lessons from Navy SEALs to Help Us Now

By Ian Shafer “When it comes to stress, don’t fight it. Turn it on itself and use it. Use it to make yourself sharper and more alert. Use it to make yourself think more and learn more.” - Jocko Willink I recommended the book “Extreme Ownership” by Jocko Willink to a client that has a [...]

2020-06-01T11:20:41-04:00June 2nd, 2020|Accountability, Blog Articles, Difficult Decisions, EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System), Prioritization, Simplify, Strategic Planning|Comments Off on Keep Calm and Prioritize: 3 Simple Lessons from Navy SEALs to Help Us Now

Client COVID IDS Sessions

By David Bowman This strange time period we’ve been experiencing has provided an opportunity for reflections of my past experiences, and all the times I thought I had life figured out. I began my post-Marine Corps career as an accountant, having earned my degree while serving.  Very quickly, I learned that I liked helping others [...]

2020-05-01T11:29:25-04:00May 1st, 2020|Blog Articles, Difficult Decisions, EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System), Problem Solving, Strategic Planning|Comments Off on Client COVID IDS Sessions

Company Guide for Coronavirus

Hello.  If you are in Michigan, or any of the other areas under “Shelter in Place” orders, then you are now at home (like me). Maybe with kids pounding on the floors (like me), or ones that come into your space every few minutes (like me).  However, just because we are at home, please know [...]

2020-03-27T11:27:40-04:00March 27th, 2020|Difficult Decisions, EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System), Management, Mission / Vision / Purpose, Problem Solving|Comments Off on Company Guide for Coronavirus

Where Do We Go From Here?

Your Scary Times Success Manual We hope this message finds you and your loved ones healthy and happy.  During times like these, we believe more information, not less, is helpful.  For years we have recommended this approach to our clients when things become uncertain.  To that end, we will be posting helpful material that you can freely [...]

2020-03-20T13:06:42-04:00March 20th, 2020|Blog Articles, Difficult Decisions, Mission / Vision / Purpose, Problem Solving, Strategic Planning|Comments Off on Where Do We Go From Here?

Unpacking Issues with EOS and the Issues List

By David Bowman It’s often true, that an Issue placed on the Issues List is a symptom of something much larger or complex than originally understood.  It’s truly a skill that takes time to hone for a team to get really good at the “Identify” component of IDSTM (Identify-Discuss-Solve). Using the Issues List to Address [...]

2019-10-21T12:41:40-04:00October 7th, 2019|Blog Articles, Communication, Conflict Management, Difficult Decisions, Management|Comments Off on Unpacking Issues with EOS and the Issues List

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 [...]

2017-11-27T20:16:18-05:00November 27th, 2017|Difficult Decisions|Comments Off on Should You Commit to a Bad Team Decision?

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 [...]

2017-06-26T17:50:52-04:00June 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 [...]

2017-02-14T02:35:57-05:00February 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?

Need to Have Tough Conversation?

October, 12th, 2016 “Jim, I can’t put my finger on just one thing that has changed. But, things are just smoother, easier almost. It just doesn’t take the crazy effort to get things done like it use to. I don’t think we realized all the wasted energy and time but we do now. Things are [...]