Growing Pains: Hitting The Ceiling And How To Break Through (Part One)

One of Gino Wickman’s long-time clients, Rob Dube of Image One, is writing a 3-Part series for Forbes on Hitting the Ceiling and how EOS helps you break through. – Gene
My good friend and mentor, Gino Wickman, taught me the term “hitting the ceiling” many years ago. It refers to a time when I am stuck, frustrated, and overwhelmed. I’m not growing fast enough as a leader. We’re not growing as a company…or we’re growing so fast we can’t keep up. I’ve experienced hitting the ceiling both as a leader and with my business many times throughout my twenty-seven years running imageOne as President and co-founder.
Hitting the ceiling is exciting for me as a leader. Yes, exciting! When I start to notice that the way I am doing things isn’t working anymore, it’s a new challenge. A challenge to go to a new level, seeking out new and better ways. It’s also frustrating! It can be time consuming. I try things and sometimes they don’t work. It’s a time to patient and fast moving at the same time. With that awareness, I seek change, make the change, and break through that ceiling. In this series, I’ll be taking a look at how I identify these moments of hitting the ceiling and how I use their challenges to grow my leadership and my company. (READ MORE)

Forgive and Remember

Ken Dewitt, EOS Implementer in Birmingham sent this to me, about how we “go to the danger” at EOS. – Gene

My client was mad. I could read the body language in the room, and it was not good. It was plain to see she’d been hurt deeply by some unspoken slight from one of her team members. The two of them were sitting there with their arms crossed, facing away from each other. The rest of the team was fidgeting or wriggling in their chairs and not looking at anyone.

It was obvious there was an elephant in the room that all seven of them knew about, but were refusing to acknowledge. Knowing that a healthy team is critical for our success, I called out the issue.  (READ MORE)

Two Disciplines to Get the Most from Business Meetings

One of the biggest and fastest impacts you can have on your organization in terms of better communication, accountability, team health, and results is to hold a weekly meeting with your leadership team. Your weekly meeting should focus on making sure everything important is on track and that you’re solving all relevant issues for the week and removing all obstacles and barriers for your people.  (READ MORE)

GWC™ – The Difference Between “Capacity” and “Get It”

This is from EOS Worldwide.
One of the core EOS® tools for helping a leader determine whether someone is in the right seat is GWC™, which stands for Get it, Want it, and Capacity. When evaluating whether someone GWC’s their job, you must ask three questions – Do they Get it? Do they Want it? Do they have the Capacity to do it? – and answer either “Yes” or “No” to each question. “Maybe” is not an option.
If any one of the three answers is “No,” then that person is in the wrong seat. It’s a very simple and powerful exercise, but when leaders begin to use this tool, they sometimes experience confusion between “Get it” and “Capacity.” Here’s the difference. (READ MORE) 

How to Discover Your Core Focus

This is from Don Tinney part owner of EOS, and is still implementing!

It is always a challenge to keep individuals and organizations focused, but that’s what great leaders do. Distractions abound, but great leaders have an internal compass that keeps them from drifting off course. Two things set your bearings – your why and your what. For companies implementing the Entrepreneurial Operating System®, those two things combine to form your Core Focus™. Once you define your Core Focus, you’ll be less likely to be distracted by “shiny stuff.”  (READ MORE) 

8 is Enough – Why We Overthink Measurable

Here’s an easy tip on how to measure performance from Kevin Armstrong, fellow EOS Implementer from Vancouver.
While in Hawaii over Christmas, my son’s girlfriend was complaining that she didn’t know how to measure instructor performance at her yoga studio. I said, “it’s easy, every time a client is leaving your studio, ask them, “on a scale of 1-10 how was your overall experience today?” If they reply with less than 8, you’ve got a problem and you need to ask more questions. She said it sounded too simple and  was afraid the clients would feel harassed. (READ MORE) 

Get More from Your Meetings with a Powerful Pause

Get More from Your Meetings with a Powerful Pause
Mike Paton our EOS Visionary has this observation and very good solution.

All companies running on EOS® follow the practice of having a weekly Level 10 Meeting™. I’ve seen many companies do these meetings, and one huge mistake keeps rearing its ugly head when clients get to the Customer and Employee Headlines, and again when they get to the Issues List. They launch right in and wind up missing the real stuff.  (READ MORE) 

13 Great Lessons Learned in Business

This is from Don Tinney- Gino’s Partner.
 
Gene
 

In 2010, Gino Wickman shared some of the great lessons and observations he had gleaned from implementing EOS(r) with hundreds of entrepreneurial leadership teams. In reflecting on my years as Gino’s business partner and Integrator of EOS Worldwide and my own experiences working with leadership teams, it felt appropriate and timely to confirm and restate those same great lessons. (Read More)  

Enter The Danger, Exit With Results

Connie Chwan EOS Implementer from Columbus Ohio sent this to me.

Well stated and It’s what we do! Thought it would be helpful.

 

 
Gene
 

“Every session with one of our Leadership Teams starts with what we call the “CheckIn,” which generally consists of several questions that help us transition from working “in” our business to working “on” our business. One question is always, “What are your expectations for today?”

I check in after each member of the Leadership Team is done. And my ongoing expectation is always, “Please be open and honest – just say it.” And this is one of the most difficult behaviors for a Leadership Team to exhibit – for lots of reasons.  (Read More)  
Keep Moving!

Gene Moorhead,
Qualified EOS Implementer

Davmoor

Direct Line: (334) 717-7042
Website: www.davmoor.com

 

 
Helping organizations clarify, simplify and achieve their vision.

Be Where You Are When You’re There

Mike Paton Our EOS Visionary sent this to me and I thought it was relevant for all of us!
Happy New Year!
 
Gene
 
Are you proud of your ability to multi-task? Can you close a deal, hire someone, attend a video conference AND make dinner plans – all while driving your car?
Many entrepreneurs are not only capable of keeping all those plates spinning, they’re fiercely proud of it. Yes, it is true that cramming 20 pounds of productivity into a 10 pound bag can be an important skill when you’re building a great business from scratch. However, it’s also true that all frenetic multi-taskers reach a point of diminishing returns as their businesses and teams grow.
The fact is, none of us do our best work when we’re not fully present.  (Read More)  
Keep Moving!

Gene Moorhead,
Qualified EOS Implementer

Davmoor

Direct Line: (334) 717-7042
Website: www.davmoor.com

 

 
Helping organizations clarify, simplify and achieve their vision.