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The “M” Game – Hard & Soft Systems

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Oct 2, 2023

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Topics: E-Myth, E-Myth Revisited, Shannon Byrne Susko, The "M" Game, Hard and Soft Systems

Working Relationships That Work

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Oct 19, 2020

Working Relationships That Work is from my first E-Myth Management Module, as an E-Myth Coach.

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Topics: E-Myth Revisited, Relationships and Productivity, Worker Performance, Challenging Work

The Discipline of Innovation, Quantification, Quantification

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Sep 16, 2019

One of my customers, who had been my E-Myth Customer, now a ScaleUp customer, reminded me of the importance of Innovation, Quantification, Orchestration.

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Topics: Michael Gerber, Quantification, E-Myth Revisited, Innovation, Orchestration

Leader or Manager

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Aug 8, 2016

As an E-Myth Senior Business Coach for ten years I used the E-Myth resources and tools to help my small business customers apply the systems concept to build their business.

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Topics: leadership, manager, Business Vision, E-Myth Revisited, Vision, Performance Management

Eliminate Discretion at the Operating Level of Your Business

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Aug 13, 2012

Discretion at the operating level of your business can absolutely destroy your business!  When you fail to be consistent, customers come away with a different experience every time.  This headline, “Eliminate Discretion at the Operating Level of Your Business” is a mantra from Michael Gerber’s E-Myth, Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It. It is the principal of systems at its core.  A starting  point for systems take precedent over people.  (See Topgrading - Was Michael Gerber Wrong)

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, E-Myth, People, customer satisfaction metrics, Business Culture, E-Myth Revisited, Eliminate Discretion at the Operating Level of You

Strategic Discipline’s Fourth Discipline – Work Process Flow Charts

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jul 1, 2010

The principle of Strategic Discipline consists of three disciplines, meetings, metrics, and priorities. These are the essential tools that John D Rockefeller used to build Standard Oil into the largest company in the world.  They are still the essential disciplines that help your business communicate better and establish the fundamental principles to grow.

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, Work Process Flow Charts, Michael Gerber, Brand Promise, emyth, Business System, E-Myth Revisited

Welcome - Was Michael Gerber Wrong?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Nov 5, 2007

Michael GerberAuthor E-myth Revisited StandingFirst welcome to our first blog! I plan to update this at least once a week if not more with insights on business development, particularly as they relate to Michael Gerber’s E-Myth Revisited, Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It. I would appreciate your insights from a business perspective as well as if you have worked with us or with E-Myth coaching now or in the past.

My first post is on an upcoming article you’ll have the opportunity to download on our site for free in the next week or so. I’m putting the finishing touches on a “White Paper” I’ve written entitled “Top Grading, Was Michael Gerber Wrong?”  The article discusses the concept that you can and should hire people at the lowest common denonimator for your business, or that the theory called Top Grading, relying on the best people to run your business is best. Top Grading suggests that you need to have the very highest and best quality of people to run your business. product-topgrading-3rd-editionWhich is right, which is wrong, or is there a place somewhere in the middle, and indeed did Michael Gerber even suggest that you should have people at the lowest level operating your business. I’ll have some insights into that in my White Paper and hope you will offer your opinions on this subject when its posted. 

I plan to have more on this as I get more used to this blogging approach and hope you will join me here frequently for insights into operating your business more effectively using the principles that E-Myth business development coaching and other methods provide for producing a business that works without you and gives you more life. 

Thanks for reading.
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Topics: Micheal Gerber, E-Myth Revisited

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