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Face the Brutal Facts

“Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be.” – Jack Welch Once a Level 5 Leader has finished getting the right people on their team, they focus Stage Two of making the leap from Good to Great – Disciplined Thought. This starts with facing the brutal facts […]

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First Who... Then What

“The old adage ‘People are your most important asset’ is wrong. People are not your most important asset. The right people are.”– Jim Collins In order for a "good" company to transition into a "great" company, they must have a culture that embodies Disciplined People. Step One is to have a Level 5 Leader at the reins. Step […]

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Level 5 Leadership

“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit for doing it.” – Andrew Carnegie Richard's Software Development Company was floundering. He suspected that it was his own leadership, but he wasn't quite sure how to self-diagnose much less fix the problem. As he worked through Jim Collins […]

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Make the Leap

“Don’t find fault, find a remedy.” – Henry Ford So many companies find themselves themselves plodding along simply defining success as “not going out of business.” It doesn’t have to be this way, but since so many direct competitors find themselves in the same position, no one ever questions anything. However, when one of these […]

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New Year's Resolutions – Focus

“My success, part of it certainly, is that I have focused in on a few things.” — Bill Gates In the first post of this series, we discussed how over 200 million Americans make New Year’s Resolutions, and how only about 8% of them actually see them through to the end. We talked about a […]

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New Year's Resolutions - Be SMART

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” – Pablo Picasso Daniel’s squishy goal of “finish my novel,” had just been reenergized by connecting with his “why.” As discussed in our […]

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New Year’s Resolutions – Connect with your Why

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche Daniel’s New Year’s goal to “finish his novel” was too squishy. As we discussed in the last post, a squishy goal is not really very measurable – it’s too abstract, and doesn’t have any clearly defined steps. Another reason […]

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New Year's Resolutions – A Case Study

Daniel is a aspiring young author. He has countless outlines and story ideas, but between his work obligations, and time with his family, he has little time to finish the novel he’s been working on. While making his list of goals for the New Year, he lightly scrawled down the words “finish novel.” He’s written […]

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Just Noticeable Difference (JND)

Charlie’s inner introvert cringed when his buddy invited him to a networking event. That was three years ago. Today, Charlie begins every day during the week attending networking events all around town. What changed? How did Charlie go from dreading having to engage with strangers to ordering his entire schedule around it? Simple – without […]

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Introducing... the Three Minute Tactical Tool Series

One of my dreams has been to share some of the practical knowledge about life and business that I've accumulated during my time here on Planet Earth. I'm always looking for ways to do that in small, bite-sized chunks, that are meaningful and easily understood. For 2017, I'm going to try something different. Once a week, I am going to post a short (three minute) video, to [...]

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How do the E-Myth Roles apply to the Entrepreneur?

In Gerber’s “E-Myth Revisited,” the roles of Entrepreneur, Manager, and Technician, are shown to be vital to the longterm success of any business. Previously, we examined what it looks like to run a business from the perspective of each of these roles, and learned from what others have done wrong. This time we will discuss the […]

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How do the E-Myth roles apply to the Manager?

When Jason realized that Augmented Reality was going to be the next big thing, he knew he’d be a fool not to act on it. Providing people a digital way to interact with the physical world around them (think Pokemon Go) – it just seemed like too big of an opportunity to pass up. Jason […]

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