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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.

Beware the Seagull

Beware the Seagull


Members of healthy leadership teams are engaged, committed, and accountable for achieving the collective results of the organization. When I’m conducting a session with a room full of those people, it’s an energizing, productive and rewarding experience. When even one member of the team isn’t properly engaged, it‘s often a long, painful, unproductive day. I […]

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Are you a heads down leader

Are You a Heads-Down Leader? Leadership Lessons from the Cockpit


In my last post, I referred to “heads-down management,” a term used to describe leaders who duck to avoid inevitable collisions with unpleasant circumstances. In other words, they avoid bad news. Get your head up and look out the window! These are the words my flight instructor used as I worked towards my instrument rating.

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Adult contract

The Adult Contract


At EOS we coach leadership teams to be open and honest with each other. This means they should be solving business issues without blame and finger-pointing. Proposed solutions to issues should be agenda-free. Leadership teams should have a united front and strive to eliminate politics from the culture. In other words, it’s about having a […]

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The Blessing of a good mistake

The Blessing of a Good Mistake


Setback, flop, mistake, screw-up, failure, fiasco, botch or—as I like to think of these things—wonderful opportunities to figure out how not to do something. About inventing the light bulb, Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” We have all had failures and, I am sorry to say, […]

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Date your kids

Date Your Kids


The best parenting advice I ever got was to date my kids. For all the parenting mistakes I made, I took this one to heart and to this day I have strong relationships and open communication with my adult children. The idea is simple. I asked for one hour each week and I’d buy (of […]

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One reason solve is so hard

One Reason “Solve” Is So Hard


When implementing EOS, clients often say, “this may be simple, but it’s not easy!” And they’re right. I’ve been helping other companies master these tools for more than seven years, and I’m still learning something new every day. For many teams, IDS is one of those “simple but not easy” tools. As you may know, […]

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Hitting the ceiling checklist

5 Questions to Drive 2nd-Quarter Growth


It’s hard to believe that the first quarter of 2015 is already history. By now the results should be in and hopefully you’re seeing growth. Unfortunately, many companies won’t see much difference from Q1 of 2014. But it’s not too late to drive 2nd-quarter growth. If your numbers look a lot like last year’s numbers […]

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SMART Goals

How to Use SMART Goals Smarter


How do you define the SMART acronym? Wikipedia lists several possibilities for defining the acronym. I saw this one 5 years ago: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-phased. People often agree on the first three and differ a bit more on “R” and “T.” I like to use Realistic and Timely, but the gist is the […]

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Too small to make a difference

Are You Too Small to Make a Difference at Work?


“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” The Dalai Lama (XIV) Everyone in your organization makes a difference, every day. And the bigger your company gets, the harder that is to remember. Because there’s only so much time, it’s easy to lose track of what happens […]

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