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

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?

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 [...]

2018-02-09T14:08:23-05:00February 12th, 2018|Blog Articles, Leadership, Strategic Planning|Comments Off on The Essential Habit Most Entrepreneurial Leaders Are Missing

Culture Doesn’t Beat Strategy—It’s the Foundation of Strategy

The very question of which is more important—company culture or strategy—misses the mark. If your business consists of more than one person, your company has a culture. The fact that you’re successful, and your business has a viable plan for creating a positive economic impact for your employees and your customers, indicates you have a [...]

2017-12-11T18:04:28-05:00December 11th, 2017|Company Culture, Strategic Planning|Comments Off on Culture Doesn’t Beat Strategy—It’s the Foundation of Strategy

To be Clear, Cut to the Chase

August 4th, 2016 One of my favorite emails that I have ever gotten ended with the author saying, “Sorry the email was so long. If I had more time it would have been shorter.” How on earth does this make sense? He would have typed less words if he had more time? But, there is [...]

2017-01-02T21:13:42-05:00August 2nd, 2016|Blog Articles, EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System), Focus, Good Communication, Leadership, Mission Statement, Small Business, Strategic Planning|Comments Off on To be Clear, Cut to the Chase