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Learn how implementing The EOS Model™ can make your company more successful. Experienced business leaders and mentors share their knowledge & advice.

Leadership lessons from the cockpit

Leadership Lessons from the Cockpit


Here’s a simple fact: commercial aviation has enjoyed a 99.9 percent success rate over the past five years. When it comes to the act of flying passengers from points A to B safely, the track record is exceptional! Most people intuitively know this and readily hop aboard an airplane with very little concern whether they […]

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team Leader vs. team player

Did You Find the Right People for Your Leadership Team?


Two years ago I wrote a blog article contrasting team players, and team leaders.  Why? Because there’s a stark difference between the two and it matters greatly who you have on your leadership team. The Right Kind of Person for Your Leadership Team Team players, as I am choosing to apply this label, are exceptional at […]

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Watch your biz game films

Watch your business game films


Ever seen a diagram of a football play?  Players are represented by X’s and O’s, and their movements and responsibilities are specifically and carefully detailed — block this guy, run this direction, throw the ball there.  When everyone executes, the play is successful.  Run enough successful plays and you win the game.  Win enough games […]

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Pole Pole

Pole Pole – A Lesson in Swahili


Pole Pole – pronounced Polay Polay – means slowly, slowly in Swahili. Our guide hiking up Kilimanjaro (and later assistant guide if you read my previous blog) kept saying this over and over. Admittedly, I’m not the most patient person in the world – so this Pole Pole thing kind of ticked me off. I […]

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to do or not to do

ToDo or Not ToDo: Maximize Your Focus to Master Priorities


If you google – Warren Buffett Pilot Advice – you will be pointed at all sorts of blogs recounting a story similar to the blog post James Clear wrote entitled Warren Buffett’s 2 List Strategy: How to Maximize Your Focus and Master Your Priorities. You can read his whole blog post here. The 2-List Principle The […]

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Trust Destroyers

The 3 Trust Destroyers


It is common for individuals in a business not to trust each other.  That lack of trust causes teammates to be less open and honest and more guarded in their interaction with each other.  As Patrick Lencioni details in The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, low trust ultimately leads to poor results, so building a […]

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The Blessing and Curse of What If

The curse and blessing of “WHAT IF?”


A couple of weeks ago, I had a morning appointment with a business owner, and an afternoon appointment with another executive (from a different company). The two meetings couldn’t have been more different. One was excited about her future, knew where she wanted to go and was asking… what if we need to hire more […]

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How Long-Term Decision-Making Can Get YOU a Win at the Super Bowl


George Perles, assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1972 to 1982, delivered a powerful message years ago. He shared a mantra from their heyday in the 1970s: “We made every decision like we were going to the Super Bowl.” Their organization made these decisions long before they reached their goal—and they ended up winning […]

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The monkey

The Monkey House


There is a great book called the One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey by Kenneth Blanchard, Hal Burrows, and William Oncken. In this book, they explain their philosophy that managers should not take on problems (monkeys) that are not theirs. When managers take on other’s monkeys, they end up becoming the hopeless bottleneck for the […]

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Marathon

Resolving Business Problems in the Midst of Discouragement


If resolving business problems is making your leadership team discouraged, you’re not alone. Some of my entrepreneurial leadership teams hit an emotional wall after their first year of implementing EOS—especially if they need to resolve many large organizational issues in the company. Even when they make significant progress in the first year, they still feel unsatisfied […]

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