As an E-Myth Coach (Licensed coach for Michael Gerber’s The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It) for ten years, I quickly recognized in small businesses there were often two kinds of business owners: Objective and those who were Subjective.Read More
Strategic Discipline Blog
In the Dictionary Counterbalance is defined as: 1. a weight balancing another weight; an equal weight, power, or influence acting in opposition; counterpoise. 2. to act against or oppose with an equal weight, force, or influence; offset.Read More
Saturday morning I received this quote from Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in one of my inspirational emails,Read More
How awesome would it be to move yourself and the people you manage from a place where they are tense, anxious, and non-performing to inspired, innovative, outcome-focused and consistently achieving?Read More
In your organization, which do you focus on, Problems or Outcomes?Read More
Prior to this blog series on Scrum our Strategic Discipline Blog dedicated a number of blogs to Gary Keller’s The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. In the Final Lie to Achieving Our One Thing: Big Is Bad, we looked at how by fearing big success, you either avoid or sabotage your efforts to achieve it. Size is an issue if it limits your belief you can’t or won’t achieve what you desire.Read More
A 14 hour travel day can get pretty boring even if you sprinkle in the occasional joke, predictable encounter with rude motorist, and share it with family members. This past week I traveled to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to scratch off an item from my bucket list: Gettysburg Battlefield. On the way there I unleashed a practice on my two sons I’d learned in Dale Carnegie training many years back. It is absolutely guaranteed to raise the self-esteem of the people who participate.Read More
With the Growth Summit starting Tuesday and our Gazelles Coaching meetings not beginning until Monday this is a modification of a blog (Subjectivity & Objectivity – Required Business Disciplines) written in September of 2010 and another (Critical Numbers - People/Relationship Drivers)in December 2012 . Flying on Delta to Las Vegas reminded me of an example we often provide on the critical need for balance in setting priority for your business. I’ve updated the content to reflect the emphasis to balance the two drivers, people and productivity, in your business.
In the first or second grade I recall being in a parade of students ushered into our small home town theatre to watch the movie Ben Hur. Going to a movie back then (circa 1960) was a big event. The theatre had provided our Catholic Elementary school the entire theatre to show the movie Ben Hur. Watching a movie on the big screen, before there were big screens in every home for TV, was awe inspiring. I’ve grown to love the movie. One of the conflicts in the movie is Judah Ben Hur’s rivalry with Messala, a roman tribune.
Working with our client’s one critical element to make sure a business does not get out of balance is making sure when you choose your priorities you balance your productivity measures with a people or relationship measurement. It’s your critical number that assures your effort to build more productivity doesn’t hurt the relationships with your customers, employees or shareholders.