Have you ever had someone in your life who believed in you?Read More
Strategic Discipline Blog
If you recall when I first got into the hospital I wrote a blog Can Routines Really Set You Free? Little did I realize that getting back home would be a routine changer as well. Football legend Bear Bryant said, “It's not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.”
Is it possible to balance high performance in the workplace with a culture that provides personal liberty, freedom and work-life balance?Read More
Execution is about turning your hard-earned revenue (top line income that remember comes from Strategy) into bottom line net profit. Companies that are strong on top line performance and yet struggle to make a reasonable or attractive bottom line profit typically have challenges with Execution – that is being both efficient and effective operationally. In this blog we will cover the principles and habits that John D. Rockefeller used to build an operationally excellent company and which Verne Harnish (Scaling Up and Mastering the Rockefeller Habits) has adapted for mid-market growth companies.
What are Key Performance Indicators? What they should entail? How do you determine which to track? How often if ever you should change them?
You and probably many business owners are virtually swimming in waves of data. Advances in technology and the Internet have made it easy to collect data on almost any subject and allow you, if willing, to collect measurements on any part of your business.
In May of 1941 the Great Britain was facing desperate times. They were alone in the battle against the Nazi Germany and Italy’s Fascist State. The continent of Europe was almost completely occupied by Axis powers and the Mediterranean and coast of North Africa were being attacked as well. This is the setting for one of my favorite wartime movies, Sink the Bismarck.
One of my very good clients in Florida is a season ticket holder for the Florida Marlins. Naturally he’s been very disappointed this year with the Marlin’s performance. Expectations were high with opening a new stadium, brought in a new manager (Ozzie Guillen) and new ball players (Jose Reyes) to make a strong drive for the playoffs and possibly the World Series.
Accountability. It’s a critical element in organizations that grow. Last Monday at about 2:15 AM one of the doctors took accountability for me, made a decision to send me to the ICU possibly saving my life, I didn’t want to go there, I liked being in the familiar. He looked at the larger picture. The trends he saw disturbed him. Continuing fever for two and half days. Hemoglobin being absorbed almost as fast as they could put it in me. Plus the disturbing rate my heart was pumping at, and the balance between the low and high number they give on blood pressure. (The bottom number is not good if it drops below 60.)