Are Your Eyes Bigger Than Your Stomach?
When my siblings and I would help ourselves to large servings of food, my father would often ask, “Are your eyes bigger than your stomach?” It was his way of teaching us to pace ourselves. There was abundance—more than we could eat, which meant that if we took modest helpings and finished them, we could always have more. His fear was that our oversized portions would result in waste.
One Giant Leap and “The Vision Thing”
The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing on July 20 brought back some old memories. For my generation, Neil Armstrong’s first step onto the lunar surface is one of those few events in history where you can remember exactly where you were and what you were doing. I remember staying up a little late on a Sunday night and huddling around the TV with the rest of my family to watch him take the first step and utter those famous words: “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Does Your Team Have Swing (Part II)?
In a recent post, I shared with you the concept of “swing” that Daniel James Brown describes in his book The Boys in the Boat. Swing is that magic synchronicity great rowing teams achieve where every flex, pull and muscle twitch is perfectly aligned. It’s the secret to the success of teams that win championships. It’s also very similar to the kind of powerful alignment teams running their businesses on EOS®, the Entrepreneurial Operating System®, achieve.
The Cost of Ned
Knowing which employees really “belong” in your company is a puzzle. Life and business go smoothly when your people fit your company’s culture (“Right Person”) and sit in seats that they’re ideally built for (“Right Seat”). On the flip side, the cost of getting it wrong is also very real. But how can you put your finger on whether you have Right People sitting in the Right Seats?
8 Cash Flow Drivers, Modest Improvements and a Big Win
In a quarterly planning session 6 months ago, the team I was working with expressed great frustration with the inconsistency of their profit and cash flow. In some quarters, they did very well, while in others they barely broke even. In no recent period, however, did they generate as much profit and cash as they thought they should.
How To Rip the Band-Aid Off
In a recent post, I encouraged you to “rip the band-aid off” when someone has to leave your company. When someone is the Wrong Person (doesn’t fit your Core Values and Culture), Wrong Seat (in a job they don’t GWC®, Get It, Want It, Capacity to Do It and we can’t fix it), or both, the reality is that they have to go.
By the Time You Ask, “Did We Win?” It’s Too Late to Change the Score
Of the various definitions of “win” that you can find in a dictionary, the one I like best for business (and life) is:
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Bill Clinton made his national debut with a speech at the 1988 Democratic National Convention. He went on for 90 minutes. By far his biggest applause line of the night was “And so, in conclusion. . .” If only he’d started there.