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How Do Values Help Prepare for the Future? EOS is Part of the Answer.

Nancy Lyons, CEO, Clockwork delivered thoughtful comments on this question at a recent event hosted by Minnesota Business Magazine. I will quote Nancy below and add a few comments of my own.  Everything in quotations below is from my notes on Nancy’s presentation. “Preparing for the future is all about people.  Why?  Our lives and work are intertwined.  Both should be centered around values.  How do we navigate change?  We build our values around change.” As an EOS Implementer, I have helped several companies articulate and write down their values.  I believe it’s a valuable exercise for many reasons.  Explicitly…

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“Wake us … from the sedative of misdirected frenzy.”

Sometimes a phrase will deeply resonate with me.  ” The sedative of misdirected frenzy ” did so for me on a recent Sunday morning in church.  This phrase succinctly captures a common yet avoidable problem in many aspects of our lives. In companies or organizations Haven’t we all observed the “sedative of misdirected frenzy” in a company or in an organization?  When things aren’t working well, there is a strong temptation to “do something, do anything.”  The result is an undirected (or misdirected) frenzy of action. While a short-term calming sedative, this misdirected action doesn’t address the underlying problem.  So…

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Valuable Links List — Oct 2016

Once a month I share a list of links to valuable articles on reputable websites. These resources help me in my work. I hope that they will be relevant and useful to you, too. This link list or “round up” is created and shared for your convenience. I also post these individual links on social media including LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google+. But you may not see those individual posts in the torrent of daily traffic on those services. These monthly posts will also be preserved in my blog archive. You can search by topic, as well as by date, in…

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How Three Moves Quadrupled the Value of this Business

Are you stuck trying to figure out how to create some recurring revenue for your business?  You know those automatic sales will make your business more valuable and predictable, but the secret to transforming your company is to think less about what’s in it for you and more about coming up with a reason for customers to agree to a monthly bill. Take a look at the transformation of Laura Steward’s company, Guardian Angel. Steward had gotten her IT consulting firm up to $400,000 in revenue when she called in a valuation consultant to help her put a price on…

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EOS IDS: 4 Ways Leadership Teams Can Improve Effectiveness

EOS®, also known as the “Entrepreneurial Operating System” or “Traction” is an effective management operating system for businesses. EOS incorporates proven processes and tools that help leadership teams achieve results. The weekly leadership team meeting (the “Level 10” meeting in EOS terminology) is at the heart of the model. Within the L10 agenda is a segment called “IDS.” That is the acronym for the 3-step process used to resolve a business issue: 1) Identify, 2) Discuss, and 3) Solve. With a clear focus on problem solving in the weekly leadership team meetings, they can be useful and productive. When a team can…

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