If that's a question for you, read on.
Let me start by saying, hats off to the self-implementers of EOS (the Entrepreneurial Operating System based on the book Traction by Gino Wickman). It means you have a determined spirit, and that you care deeply about improving the way you run your organization.
I know. I was one of those scrappy, resolute people who was inspired by the book, and confident we could do it on our own at Mint Roofing.
After struggling for about a year, we realized that reading a book can tell you a lot about how something is done, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be able to do it. Can you be a good golfer after reading a book? Can you ski a black diamond run because you watched a YouTube video?
This is not meant as a criticism of anyone who has gone this route. There are plenty of success stories from organizations who have self-implemented. But how do you know what you don’t know?
For our company, we eventually hired a professional implementer. I think so highly of this operating system, I began helping other businesses with their Traction process, and went on to become a trained implementer. You can learn more at vivid360.net
As part of that process, I realized that there’s not a lot of assistance out there for self-implementers. That’s where I can help with the Traction Reboot. Rather than starting with a traditional implementation, we can take a look at where you’re at in your process; how you’re using the tools; clear up any questions or confusion; and get you totally dialed in.
And then you WILL know what you didn’t know.
P.S. If you’re interested in being part of a peer learning group, sign up here. These groups will allow users of Traction to learn from each other, and share best practices.
Or...Be More Like a Strawberry
It was a great spring for strawberries! This photo is one of the many bowls picked from my garden. It’s hard not to admire how strawberry plants know exactly what to do, when to do it, and HOW to do it, to produce a beautiful, plentiful crop of berries.
Imagine if your business could run the same way.
It is not uncommon for me to hear business leaders debate about whether or not it’s the “right time” to put operational systems (aimed at process and accountability) into place. "They don’t have time! Other work will suffer! They’re already maxxed out! It’s not in the budget! We already have a vision!"
But then they are disappointed when “the crop” is less than satisfying, so they find themselves working harder to catch up, or determine what went wrong. And then, these frazzled leaders will likely repeat the same missteps because nothing has fundamentally changed. Remember Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity:
“Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Here’s the deal: There is never a good time to work “on” your business, and you’re kidding yourself if you think you’ll find it. You have to make it the right time.
Let today be your season. The Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) offers a simplified approach to strategic planning. But its real beauty lies in its ability to achieve goals through process and accountability; and build healthy teams and cultures. The time and effort you invest now, will produce better yields.
And then YOU can sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Welcome to my first blog post under the Vivid360 banner!
For the past several months, I’ve been working to answer the question: “What do I want to be when I grow up?” But since no one ever wants to answer that, I decided that a better question to answer is: “What has this crazy life journey positioned me to do next?”
I was lukewarm...really almost resistant... to the idea of being a consultant. Did the world really need another one of those?? Maybe not, but could it use a ME?
Recently my college-age son described something as Michele-ified. “What on earth does that mean?” I asked. He replied, “You know...when you take something ordinary and make it totally amazing; or you take what looks like nothing and turn it into something incredible. Then it’s been Michele-ified.” Wow. I promise that was an unsolicited moment of clarity.
I have to admit...that has been an underlying theme in both my professional and personal life. Smart kid. And a new word for the Urban Dictionary!
So regardless of whether the world needs another consultant, I know it can use some Michele-ification.
I have worked in small business for more than 20 years, and that’s where my passion and focus remain. Using systems like the Entrepreneurial Operating System in the book Traction by Gino Wickman, is one way I can help other business owners and their teams get organized; get healthy; and go from good to Michele-ified!
So cheers to new chapters...and the official launch of Vivid360! Here we go!
Shout out to my friends at Wheelie Creative for their incredible work on the Vivid brand and logo. Thanks for making me look good.