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10 Signs You're Headed for Business Owner Burnout

Written by Mike Kotsis on April 6, 2017

When I begin working with a new client, I often hear the business owner describing their company in ways that give a peek into what's going on underneath the exterior they're presenting. They use phrases like "I'm up to my eyeballs," "it's exhausting," "I have to do everything myself," and "no one pulls their own weight."

It's a sign to me that these business leaders could be headed for burnout, even if they aren't ready to admit it to themselves, yet.

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How to Complete 100% of Your Team's Weekly To Dos Every Time

Written by Mike Kotsis on March 13, 2017

Are you frustrated that everything isn't getting done from one meeting to the next? You’re not alone! Many of my client leadership teams have expressed similar frustrations over the last year. Frustrations were cropping up in two main areas that had a low completion percentage:

  • Rocks – the priorities that people committed to over the last 90 days
  • To Dos – 7-day action items that come out of weekly meetings

Teams were only seeing completion rates of 40-50% of their To Dos, but they drastically increased their weekly completion percentage to 90%+ consistently.

Want to see your team's completion rate skyrocket like that? Here are 7 steps to getting all of your team's To Dos done every week.

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How to Become an Open, Honest Leadership Team

Written by Mike Kotsis on February 20, 2017

Guarded, careful tiptoeing, avoiding the pain. If this sounds like your company's leadership team, you're normal. I've lost count of the number of teams that act this way – there are so many.

I’ve also seen teams like this who experienced such a tremendous transformation that they are now seeing great business results and healthy team dynamics with much less effort. They have become abnormally great.

What did they do to experience this transformation? It was a simple shift in their mindsets.

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3 Essential Steps for a More Profitable Small Business in 2017

Written by Mike Kotsis on January 9, 2017

Do you want any of these for your business in the coming year? Peace of mind. Consistency. Efficiency. Scalability. More Fun. And of course, more profit. Every leadership team that I’ve worked with seems to have an instant eagerness to improve upon these areas in their business, regardless of industry.

The key to achieving these goals in the new year is a three-step exercise of identifying, documenting, and following your company’s Core Processes. It’s not a sexy solution, but it’s incredibly powerful. And it’s not as painful as you might think.

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The Secret to Small Business Success with Less Effort

Written by Mike Kotsis on January 2, 2017

Annual planning season is upon us. This is the time of year that many of my clients have their two-day offsite annual planning sessions. It’s their opportunity to reflect on last year’s successes and misses, as well as getting clear on where to focus their time, energy, and resources over the coming year.

In a recent annual planning session with a financial services company, the six-person leadership team had an a-ha moment. They are all very polite, friendly people who are hard workers, but they didn’t fully trust each other. They trusted each other to do their jobs and get stuff done, but they didn’t have a vulnerability-based trust. What does this mean?

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