COVID Pressure-Tested Companies. Did Your Business Show Cracks?

I was doing a number of Annual Planning Sessions and Quarterly meetings over the winter and spring. In these meetings, we discuss lessons learned. One thing that has become clear is that COVID pressure-tested leaders, team members, teams, client relationships, and many other aspects of running a business. Not one of my teams used this [...]

Meeting Human Needs: Nature vs. Nurture in Your Business

By David Bowman A client of mine recently rolled out a new bonus system that was designed to better align with the company’s risk/reward timing between performance and revenue. The new system changed the frequency of the payouts, but also provided everyone a way to make more money. The surprising result was that some team members [...]

2021-06-22T15:59:47-04:00June 22nd, 2021|Blog Articles, Company Culture, Employee Development, EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System), Management, Sharing Vision / Mission / Values, Team Health|Comments Off on Meeting Human Needs: Nature vs. Nurture in Your Business

Do You Like Your Team Too Much, but Don’t Love Them Enough?

By Jim Coyle Many leadership teams are simply missing the point. Often, they are too worried about offending others or too concerned about feelings to truly “love on” the other members of their team. Sometimes, showing a little bit of “tough love” by confronting issues and having difficult conversations really is the best solution, and [...]

2021-06-03T15:54:54-04:00June 3rd, 2021|Communication, Company Culture, EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System), Good Communication, Management, Team Health|Comments Off on Do You Like Your Team Too Much, but Don’t Love Them Enough?

Achievement vs. Perfection

By David Bowman I was in a session recently with a client that was stuck on getting “buy-in” from the rest of the organization after rollout.  I asked him what was going on, and he said that a few people hate every aspect of EOS®; they think that their L-10’s™ are a waste of time, [...]

2020-11-08T18:01:24-05:00November 9th, 2020|Accountability, Blog Articles, Busines Values, Company Culture, EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System), Leadership, Management, Team Health|Comments Off on Achievement vs. Perfection

Have You Democratized Your Numbers?

I was hanging with a flock of other EOS Implementers® from Michigan a few weeks back. We were talking about a number of topics when Ryan Henry, an Implementer out of the Lansing area, said, “When numbers are democratized is when you really begin to push accountability down in the organization.”  The comment really struck [...]

2020-10-11T19:48:46-04:00October 12th, 2020|Accountability, Blog Articles, Communication, Company Culture, Employee Development, EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System), Management|Comments Off on Have You Democratized Your Numbers?

Can’t Drive Accountability through Policy and Process

“They just keep messing it up.  We have had more callbacks, and it seems like we have projects that just never finish.”  The Visionary, Tom, told his team in frustration. He went on to add, “Our projects are on budget right up to the point they are supposed to be done, and then we lose [...]

2020-08-14T13:25:30-04:00August 17th, 2020|Accountability, Blog Articles, Communication, Conflict Management, Leadership, Management|Comments Off on Can’t Drive Accountability through Policy and Process

How Do You Catch A Monkey In The Wild?

By Ian Shafer It might be easier than you think. You may have heard of this simple, yet fascinating, tactic used to capture monkeys. All it requires is a bunch of bananas and a small cage. Surprisingly, the cage is for the bananas, not the monkey. It seems that the trapper simply travels into the [...]

2020-08-03T11:10:02-04:00August 3rd, 2020|Blog Articles, Company Growing Pains, Difficult Decisions, EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System), Leadership, Management|Comments Off on How Do You Catch A Monkey In The Wild?

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 [...]

When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get… Focused!

We find ourselves in uncharted waters, and now more than ever, your team needs you to lead them through to the other side. It can be overwhelming, but you didn’t get this far to only get this far. Our friends at 87plus put together this amazing infographic checklist to help you stay focused. We [...]

2020-04-16T11:06:20-04:00April 16th, 2020|Blog Articles, Conflict Management, Focus, Leadership, Management, Prioritization, Problem Solving|Comments Off on When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get… Focused!

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