Three weeks ago I was invited to facilitate a new customer’s Annual Planning. They’d been a long follower of the Rockefeller Habits implementing the principles on their own for nearly ten years. They felt they might be at a crossroads, anticipating they could breakthrough and achieve greater success with the help of a Gazelles Coach. It was an honor to facilitate their meeting and help provide some additional insight into the nuances of Verne Harnish’s principles and the book Scaling Up.Read More
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What if your business had set an annual priority and failed to achieve it?Read More
Saturday, my son Noah, performed a solo and in a quintet at Solo and Ensemble, at Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Watching him perform reminded me of the irony of freedom. It also reminded me of a quote I’ve used several times in my blog, that the will to win isn’t as important as the will to prepare to win.
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.
How important do you value discipline in your organization? How much thought if any do you give to it?
How do you build a business model from Good to Great? The answer while not popular is fundamental. We dislike, resist and simply refuse to want more of it in our life: DISCIPLINE
This week I reintroduce the concept of SMaC to one of my customers in our Trimester Planning meeting. SMaC stands for Simple, Methodical and Consistent, as presented in Great by Choice by Jim Collins. I was struck by the irony SMaC reveals about successful companies. Most everyone acknowledges how difficult it is to accomplish change. Yet in Great by Choice their research discovered that poor performing companies change frequently, while great companies change less often. At a scale of 4 to 1.
Essentialism, by Greg McKeown, subtitle is The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. This blog title is a rephrasing to emphasis the issue.