Top Speed is Overrated

Top Speed is Overrated

Seth Godin’s last blog for 2019 struck a chord for me. It was very timely for beginning a new year, as we revisit our goals, activities and commitments. Godin shares two stories about how traveling the “fastest” way may not actually be the fastest way. Factors other than maximum speed or power often yield a better outcome. His blog is a current take on a classic message. Remember “The Tortoise and the Hare?” Or the “Little Engine That Could?” Consistent, disciplined effort creates sustainable results. Random bursts of energy are spectacular in the moment. They are also difficult to harness and predict. Home runs are exciting and seductive. But winning teams do it with singles and doubles, day in and day out. EOS® delivers this approach to your business. Specifically: A compelling visionValues that drive behaviorAn open and honest cultureControlling your business with metrics (not politics!)Resolving issues effectivelyConcise processes followed by allRegular, disciplined meetingsClear priorities and accountabilities Over time you’ll get the results you want. Like the tortoise and the little engine — consistency and discipline ultimately...
Forgiveness

Forgiveness

I recently saw “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” starring Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers. It’s a powerful movie – about forgiveness, which I totally didn’t expect. Forgiveness is a huge topic. Emotionally, spiritually and psychologically. An application in business is learning from our past and moving on. In my work with EOS® clients, we often uncover baggage. Resentment going back months, or years. Unresolved issues impacting morale. Misunderstandings that are now a barrier to moving forward. In many companies it’s a long list. In EOS, we have an unrelenting focus on the essence of forgiveness — letting go of the past and moving on to the future as a cohesive team. On a personal level, take some quiet time to identify and understand where forgiveness would benefit you. Think about team members, family and friends. Identify what’s stopping you from letting go. Maybe even enlist some help in moving on. Mr. Rogers’ messages are as relevant now as they were when we were...
Delivering on Our Words

Delivering on Our Words

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and I’ve been feeling much gratitude lately for a host of reasons. At this time in 1963, JF Kennedy said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.”As leaders, it’s what we do that really counts, not just what we say. The power of EOS® is purely and simply about putting ideas and thoughts into action. Employees respond with appreciation when leaders provide:  A clear picture of how the company sees the futureThe opportunity to work next to people who are not toxic and can do their jobsFeedback on how the company is performing and how they contribute to its successTrustworthy leaders who really hear issues and have the courage to resolve themClear processes to take the drama out of the day-to-day chaosProductive meetings where priorities are established and follow up on As leaders, our goal is to create a healthy culture. With this, we earn the gratitude of our employees. This is a great time of year to reflect on how we’re...
Delegate & Elevate™

Delegate & Elevate™

As an EOS® leader, you delegate in order to elevate your activities to the best use of your time and talents. It’s not easy to give up control. Unfortunately, you can’t grow unless you do exactly that. There are two approaches to delegation. The easier approach is to delegate an activity. This is transactional and includes everything from single tasks to large-scale projects.The more difficult, and more impactful, approach is to delegate responsibility. This is when you give someone full responsibility for an ongoing activity or role. The Six Components of EOS provide an important checklist for leaders when they choose to delegate a responsibility: Vision. Are you clear about your expectations? Are you providing direction in writing?People. Will the responsible person and their entire team succeed? Do they get it, want it and have the capacity to do it (GWC™)?Data. Are there metrics in place to give you confidence that the responsibility is being handled successfully?Issues. What are potential issues, based on historical experiences and current variables?Process. Does the person understand the processes related to the responsibility?Traction. Is there a transition plan in place, with milestone meetings, to ensure a successful hand-off? Are priorities established along the way? It’s not easy to delegate responsibility, but your up-front investment is directly proportional to everyone’s long-term...
This is Hard Work

This is Hard Work

A colleague recently recommended a book to me: The Conviction to Lead by Albert Mohler. He makes a compelling, faith-based argument for having 100% conviction about being a leader. In my experience with leadership teams, there are five areas where leaders – being human – let things drift. It’s hard for us to walk the talk. Getting Rocks done: Being busy is no excuse. Everyone is.Leading by example in Level 10 Meetings™: Being on time, following the agenda, keeping the focus.Staying committed to Quarterly Conversations™: It’s easy to delay or skip them all together.Being accountable and holding others accountable: Not always easy, but critical.Making Decisions: A wrong decision is better than no decision. We need to practice and master skills in each of these five areas. But that’s not enough. Equally important, we need the conviction to stay the course. As always, employees pay more attention to what we do than what we...