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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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Stop Trying to Get Buy-in from Your Employees

Written by Mike Paton on December 15, 2016

I’ve worked with dozens of entrepreneurs who started their EOS journey wanting, among other things, more “buy-in” from their employees. While I understand how rare and precious it is to have team members who share and want to achieve your company’s vision, the term “buy-in” itself has always troubled me.

After all, if you have to “buy” someone’s allegiance, does she really share your vision? Can you really count on her to help you achieve that vision? How about when the going gets tough? And, how much are you having to pay, anyway?

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What If You're Promoting the Wrong People?

Written by Mike Paton on December 1, 2016

“The Peter Principle” is a term coined by Laurence J. Peter in 1969 to describe the recurring phenomenon of employees being promoted to – and often beyondtheir highest level of competence. While hilariously illustrated in the comic strip Dilbert, both versions of the television show The Office, and the movie Office Space – the consequences for a small, entrepreneurial company aren’t funny at all.

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