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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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Fresnel Lens & Focus

Fresnel Lenses & Focus


“A Fresnel lens is a type of compact lens originally developed by French physicist Augustin-Jean Fresnel for lighthouses. The design allows the construction of lenses of large aperture and short focal length without the mass and volume of material that would be required by a lens of conventional design. . .  A Fresnel lens . . […]

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inconsistent

A Wildly Successful Business Is a Boring Business


Jim Collins says that mediocrity stems from chronic inconsistency. What a powerful and accurate phrase. It’s frustrating for me to see business leaders making major changes in their company when their system is already working. Dig deep enough and you’ll often find it’s because the system has become old hat. There’s nothing wrong with the […]

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Right People - Right Seats

Right People – Right Seats


Sure, you’ve heard “get the right people in the right seats”. But many business leaders don’t know what that actually means.  Everybody knows the mantra, but most don’t know how to make it happen. The truth is, there’s a simple process for making sure you hire the right people on your bus — and jettison the […]

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Speak Now

The First Rule in Strategic Planning Meetings – Speak Now


Most of us have probably heard the statement, “Speak now or forever hold your peace” in the context of a marriage ceremony.  The directive presumes that wedding participants will have to live with the future consequences of failure to communicate an objection in that brief moment. The same directive and presumption applies to strategic planning […]

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Sore Spots

Sore Spots


On a recent Saturday, my wife Trina and I along with a good friend and client went for a hike deep into the backcountry of the Cascade Mountain range. The hike (climb/scramble) consisted of 9 miles round trip with a total of nearly 2,900′ of ascent. We found yet another absolutely amazing piece of God’s creation. On the […]

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Turn the ship around

“Turn the Ship Around!” by David Marquet


If you can’t see the above video, you can find it here on YouTube. Like all TedX talks, it is 12 minutes long. The military is the penultimate example of top down leadership. After all, lives are at risk. There is no room for error. David Marquet, a retired Navy Captain, took exception to that notion […]

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Alignment

How to Achieve Alignment in Your Leadership Team


When your leadership team is faced with a major issue, how many interests are sitting at the table? If you’re like most organizations, you have one interest for each person in the room. There’s the CEO’s interest, a Sales interest, a Finance interest, an Operations interest, an HR interest…and on and on. Misaligned Teams Don’t […]

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