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There's a Tool for That

Written by Mike Paton on August 5, 2019

Tool (noun): “An instrument…used in performing a task necessary in the practice of a vocation.”

For most people, that definition may evoke the image of a carpenter using a hammer, a quilter using a needle and thread, or an electrician using a pair of needle-nose pliers. All simple and practical tools are used by people with varying levels of skill and experience to build, or fix, or create something.

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Same-Page Meeting Video

Written by Mike Paton on July 22, 2019

If you have a visionary/integrator relationship, or you own or run a business along with one or more partners or co-owners – watch this three-minute video.

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A SIMPLE QUESTION TO KEEP YOUR ORGANIZATION HEALTHY AND PRODUCTIVE

Written by Mike Paton on March 29, 2019

Two epidemics kill cultures: end runs and unresolved complaining. Both waste time and energy, and are ultimately toxic to the health and productivity of your company. Luckily, these epidemics can be cured by asking a simple, powerful question.

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“Systemizing the Predictable” May Be the Key to Achieving Your Vision

Written by Mike Paton on August 2, 2018

One of my favorite Gino Wickman quotations describes the goal of strengthening the Process Component™ in an entrepreneurial company. According to Gino, you must “systemize the predictable so you can humanize the exceptional.”

Breaking that quotation down gets right to the heart of why strengthening the Process Component is so important, and why it’s different in an entrepreneurial company than it might be in a big corporation. If you’re implementing EOS® right now and you’ve been less than enthusiastic about strengthening the Process Component, I think it might also re-energize you.

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No Apology Necessary

Written by Mike Paton on July 26, 2018

During a recent Annual Planning season, one of my clients was moved to tears while reflecting on the past year. He was recounting a “personal great,” and filled with pride for his daughter while sharing a few of her significant accomplishments. He struggled to finish the story, and ultimately needed to take a short break to compose himself. Throughout this touching, heartfelt moment, he kept apologizing to his team for being so emotional.

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