Client Story: Luke Spicer

I’ve worked in the construction industry for awhile, but I wanted to offer a better experience for employees and customers. I took my passion for concrete and working hard and started Creative Concrete in 2004.

Topics: Client Stories

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Four Must-Have Traits in a CFO

Numbers—drilling down into a complex spreadsheet of financial data—can be unsettling. Even to those who are accustomed to reviewing their own financials and metrics on a regular basis, it’s entirely possible to feel degrees of panic when faced with looking at the numbers. Why? Because there’s no hiding from the truth with numbers. In your weekly status meeting, your executive team may sugar-coat the truth about a project that’s going off the rails. Your direct reports might be marking up your “360 review process” with above-average scores because they fear the consequences of sharing some harsh truths. But when you look at your cash flow last month, there’s only cold reality: where you started, what changed and where you ended.

Topics: Hiring, Finance

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Episode 5 - Building a Business, Not a Job [Podcast]

On It is a monthly podcast where we tell the stories of business owners and how they transformed their companies. Listen to the latest episode on Soundcloud and iTunes.

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For ten years, Higher Standards Academy was just Jerilyn Kass. She was doing the work of the business—teaching SAT prep to college-bound students—and growing slowly but steadily. For a while, “slow and steady” worked for her. But soon, comfort grew into impatience, and she realized faster growth would require an outside perspective to help her focus on the areas of her business she was neglecting.

With the help of her coach, Rachel Clark, Jerilyn grew revenues by 40%, hired a team of people she loves working with, took her first (almost) unplugged vacation and, now, feels like the leader of her business for the first time.

Music: "Let's Start at the Beginning" by Lee Rosevere is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
Music: "Cylinder Six" by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under CC BY 4.0

Topics: Podcast

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Overcoming Org Chart Writer's Block: Implied vs Explained

This is the fourth installment in helping you fully develop and implement Org Charts and Position Agreements, which support a culture of ownership within your business. Click here for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Fully implementing your Position Agreements is an endeavor that requires simple steps over time. It starts with your Organization Chart, and it ends with your employees doing their work as well or better than you ever could.

Topics: Managing Employees, Company Culture

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A Proactive Approach to Creating Your Hiring System

So you’ve found yourself doing a better job of hiring and retaining the right employees. The last key point in my blog post, “Hiring and Keeping Rockstar Employees,” referenced documenting the system. You’ve spent a lot of time understanding and strategizing, and it would be a shame if you didn’t take it a step further and cement the entire process.

Topics: Hiring, Systemization

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Understanding the Numbers Behind Your Budget

When most business owners hear the word “budgeting,” they cringe. Many times, the “budget” ends up collecting dust on some back room shelf, never to be seen again—until your accountant asks to see it. But your budget is more important than you think. It’s critical in helping you and your management team get the profit you want.

Topics: Managing Money, Finance

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The Rewarding Risk of a Career Transition

The first of the year is a good time to step back and take stock of our lives. The New Year seems to give us permission to look at the big picture—our families, our relationships, our careers, dare I say—our dreams? We may ask ourselves questions like: “Am I doing what I truly love? Is my career feeding my life?” Maybe there’s just a nagging voice of discontent that pops into your mind while you’re furtively checking email at your daughter’s choir recital, or slumping over your keyboard to finish an email while your friends toast the New Year.

Topics: Coaching, Values

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Client Story: Mike Robirds

My business partner, Billy Kilmer, started Accu-Bore Directional Drilling in 2006. Over the course of three years, Billy and I had developed a friendship and decided that we could tackle business ownership together. In 2010, we went into business together under the Accu-Bore name.

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Episode 4 - From Client to Coach [Podcast]

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In this special edition of On It, Director of Coaching, Adam Traub, and EMyth Coach, Amanda Sutt, talk about their experiences as coaches and former clients. From passion, inspiration and genuine care, our coaches reflect on how they shifted their perspectives and brought more life to their businesses.

Interested in becoming an EMyth Coach?

Join us this February in San Diego for Immersion, a 3 ½ day workshop where you’ll learn about our Coach Training program, meet our team—including Adam, Amanda and I—and discover new tools you can start using with your clients.

Coaching is personal and we believe our partnership should be the same. This is the only chance you’ll have this year to join our network. Come get to know us, and let us get to know you.

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Music: "Let's Start at the Beginning" by Lee Rosevere is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

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Overcoming Org Chart Writer's Block: From Paper to People

This is the third installment in helping you fully develop and implement Org Charts and Position Agreements, which support a culture of ownership within your business. Click here for Part 1 and Part 2.

If you followed my previous blogs—and you kept it simple—you should have a Position Agreement for each role in your business with a list of activities that both you and your employees understand and have signed off on.

Topics: Managing Employees, Company Culture

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