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Your Business is Your Product

This is the fourth and final post in our series, Work On It, Not Just In It. You can read the first post here, the second here, and the third here.

When you think about your business, what do you see as your product?

Is it the commodity you sell? The service you provide? The community you help build?

Or is it the business itself?

In all my years as an EMyth Coach, I’ve seen my clients make many crucial shifts to their mindsets, but one of the most transformative is based on this idea: If you want to create a business that works—that can grow to provide the life you’ve always dreamed of—you have to think of your business as the product.

Topics: Management, Systemization, Leadership

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On Letting Go: An Entrepreneurial Perspective

This is the third post in our series, Work On It, Not Just In It. You can read the first post here and the second here.

If you sent your team a text today telling them you were never coming back, what would happen? Would your business be able to operate just as well without you?

If the answer is “no,” it’s safe to say that you’ve built your business around your own ability to get things done. If that’s true, your business may be giving you the satisfaction of being “the one” everyone depends on, but at what cost?

Maybe you’re frequently frustrated that your people can’t seem to do things like you do.

Maybe you’re spending a lot of time working without feeling you’re getting anywhere.

Maybe things are just too chaotic and unpredictable.

These are big prices to pay—too big for the investment you’ve made to make your dreams come true.

Topics: Management, Systemization, Leadership

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It’s Okay To Love Working In It Sometimes

This is the second post in our series, Work On it, Not Just In It. You can read the first post here.

Topics: Management, Client Stories, Leadership

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Your Business Is You—for Better or Worse

Take a moment to think about your business. Go ahead—picture your typical work day. What does that picture look like?

Does it look like you clocking into a job, immersed in the technical work of your business? Does it look like you putting out constant fires, struggling to check a single task off your to-do list without adding five more? Or does it look like you running a team, delegating tasks and keeping the wheels turning? A well-oiled machine that seems to run without you pushing a single button? Or does it look like something else entirely?

Whatever it looks like, this picture of your business defines how you’re doing business. Let me explain what I mean.

Topics: Management, Leadership, Client Stories

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It's Time to Stop Putting Off Organizing Your Business

I met with my client, Paul, earlier this week. Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, it had been three weeks since our last meeting. I was looking forward to reviewing with him his list of Key Strategic Indicators that he’d committed to delivering – the critical, quantifiable reference points he’ll use to track the health of his business and his progress towards his stated goals. An hour before our call, nothing had been posted. Not a good sign.

Topics: Strategic Planning, Coaching, Management

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What it Takes to Develop a High-Performing Team

Our recent post about systems should have your gears turning already, but for your business to truly thrive, the best-designed systems alone won’t suffice.

You need people. But not just any people: You need a high-performing team. The kind of team that makes your systems—and your business—really work.

Topics: Company Culture, Managing Employees, Management

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Delegating

Do you ever ask an employee for something you requested several days earlier and get a puzzled look? Or get the response: “I didn’t know you wanted it today.” Or even more baffling, the employee tells you: “I don’t know how to do that.” These are the kinds of answers that cause many owners to hesitate when delegating.

Topics: Leadership, Management

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Overcoming Org Chart Writer's Block: Results Oriented

This is the fifth 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 and Part 4.

“My employees know what to do, but if one thing goes wrong, they just stand around.”

“They can get the job done—but only in the slowest possible way. Why don’t they work harder?”

“No one does it as well as I do or cares as much as I do.”

Topics: Managing Employees, Company Culture, Management

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How We're Planning for Our 40th Anniversary

This is the season for planning for the new year and we’ve been talking a lot about it. If you haven’t started yet, it’s not too late to create your Annual Plan. We have a six step process to get you there. If you really want your business to look, act, feel and perform differently a year from now (Is there anyone who doesn’t?), then plan for it, put a stake in the ground, take in what the past year—or your entire history—is showing you, make a commitment to lead your company in new directions. And then act, small step by small step.

Topics: EMyth, Management, Leadership

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Have You Said No Today?

John Lennon gave us, “Yes is the answer,” and I get what he means. He was talking about saying yes to love, embracing life, and seeing opportunities instead of limits—all important and valuable in building the kind of world we want to live in. But what about saying “No?” Is there a place for that, especially in your business? Have you ever taken a moment to consider what you really want and need to say No to right now?

Topics: Management, Leadership

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