I’ve learned many management lessons the hard way, but one of the most important was the realization that I can make things a lot easier on myself and achieve far better results if I hire the right people in the first place. That’s where the Topgrading methodology made a huge difference for me. I learned to follow a disciplined hiring methodology to ensure I only hire A-Players for every role.
I love watching a great rowing crew in action. The boat glides through the water, propelled by oars moving in perfect rhythm. It may be the most graceful example of teamwork in the world.
Business is filled with numbers, but you want everyone in your company to be aware of, understand, and talk about only a few. These are the numbers that track the execution of your long-term, 3 to 5 Year Strategic Moves, and chart your progress toward your BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal).
Back in 2006 I attended a presentation given by business author and former Gallup researcher, Marcus Buckingham. One of the highlights of his presentation was how he defined the difference between leadership and management.
One of our new staff members asked me the other day, “Why is it important to capture your strategy on just one page?”
It is common for firms of all sizes to reach a plateau where their revenue growth stalls out. And while political, regulatory, and economic factors beyond our direct control can have an impact on company growth, of course, research documented in the book Stall Points shows that 87% of growth stalls are preventable, and are related to the strategic decisions you made in the past.