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The 4-Step Mechanism Your Business Needs to Scale

Written by Mike Paton on April 17, 2017

When one of my clients is working to strengthen the Process Component in their business, the ultimate goal is getting a handful of Core Processes documented, simplified and “FBA” – which stands for “followed by all.” Often, when recording a Rock or Goal on the whiteboard that includes “FBA,” I turn around to find one or more leaders looking at me skeptically.

“What’s FBA?” they’ll say, or “How is that a SMART Rock?”

Fair questions.

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The Power of a Positive Word

Written by Mike Paton on March 30, 2017

A few weeks ago, during a two-day annual planning session, I witnessed a truly poignant moment. The leadership team was participating in the “One Thing” exercise, designed to improve trust and team health. It requires each leader to provide every other team-member with two pieces of feedback – one positive and one constructive.

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Why Meetings Are Like Grow Monsters – and What to Do About It

Written by Mike Paton on March 2, 2017

As a young boy in the 1970s, I was excited to receive my first set of “Grow Monsters.” Cheap toys made from a super-absorbent polymer, these small, shapeless specks would expand by up to 500% of their original size when placed in water. Fullgrown, they were supposed to resemble dinosaurs and other fearsome creatures, with the process designed to delight and amaze naïve young lads like me.

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What Is an EOS Implementer?

Written by Mike Paton on March 1, 2017

In my conversations with business owners and business coaches alike, I often get asked, "What is an EOS® Implementer?"

People tend to lump coaches, consultants and EOS Implementers into one big category of professionals who help businesses, business leaders, and leadership teams. However, there are some important differences.

Whether you're a visionary business leader looking for the right kind of help, or someone wanting to help companies and leaders gain greater traction, here's a look at who EOS Implementers are and what makes them tick.

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Why You Need to Solve Business Issues Slowly

Written by Mike Paton on February 6, 2017

One night this holiday season, my wife and I were wrapping gifts for our family. When a large pile of brightly colored packages sat beside each of us, we stood back to admire our handiwork. Kate’s packages were beautiful – crisply wrapped, carefully secured with beautiful ribbons that matched the wrapping paper, each package festooned with tidy little bows. My packages were technically covered (mostly) with wrapping paper and tape. But they didn’t really look…finished.

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