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Structuring Organizations for Accountability

Here’s the takeaway: Each department needs to own their structure. The first question is always, “Is it the right structure?” Without thinking about people or titles, are each of the seats on your leadership team responsible for 3-5 critical functions in the organization? Remember, people need to know what they’re really expected to do, so that they can be held accountable for it. Once your leadership team knows what they’re

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How To Structure for Accountability

Here’s the takeaway: Each role should be accountable for three to five responsibilities, not 87. As leaders, it’s our obligation to make sure that everybody knows what they’re supposed to do. If two people are accountable for an organization’s function, nobody’s accountable. Only one person can be accountable at any one time for a task. So, when a position is clarified so that people generally know what they’re accountable for,

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Integrator or Visionary: What’s the Difference?

Here’s the takeaway of this post: An Integrator is a great filter between a Visionary and the team. As we build an efficient structure for this company, the general intention is that we go through and start with structure, what it is that people want. Then, we build the right structure of what it should be. In the last post, we talked about the important role of a company’s Integrator

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How to Create The Ideal Leadership Team

Here’s the takeaway: Design your company structure with clear roles in mind. In my last post, we outlined how visualization is the key to creating an efficient structure. First, your leadership team should imagine that they’re high-paid consultants for another company in any distant but similar city (for Omaha, I often use Austin, Texas). This company that they are consulting for looks very similar to your company back home and

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Hire Your Team As Consultants

Here’s the takeaway: Hire yourself as a consultant, and begin with structure. For many organizations, it is not uncommon for customized seats to have been created over time for specific individuals in those seats. Sometimes, this happens because it is the path of least resistance. Other times, individuals have crafted unique positions for themselves by shifting their responsibilities into a custom role that might blur the lines between marketing/sales/leadership/management…the list

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Take a Look at Traction: The Entrepreneur’s Operating System

Take a Look at Traction was originally published in The Firm Review: Talent Edition All businesses get “stuck” or hit the ceiling at one point or another. This process is inevitable and is actually part of the life cycle of every business. As human beings we innately know how to survive our growing pains, but it is often another story for business owners. According to a 2013 Forbes article, eight

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Why You’re Being a Bad Boss and How to Stop

Helping others embrace that done differently does not necessarily mean done wrong is one of the most fun parts of my job.  The reason many folks have a hard time delegating is that they inevitably know how to get it done better or, they believe no one knows how to do it right.  This, of course, is right, wrong, and a control freaks crutch.  Often, the person delegating the task DOES

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3 Steps to Get What Your Time is Worth

One of the most consistent things I see with younger and growing business owners is that even when they identify what to give up, they often have a hard time letting things go.  Just as a business owner may have a hard time letting go of a task because they know they can do it, so do many homeowners. When it comes to mowing the yard or cleaning the house,

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Delegate and Elevate: Are the Members of Your Team in the Right Seats?

If you’re like most business owners who have started their business from scratch, or if you have seen a big growth spurt and you’re acknowledging that you can’t do it all, it’s time to learn to delegate.  While in startup mode, you likely did everything. (And I mean everything!) You had your hands in the books, sales, marketing, strategic thinking, inventory, scrubbing the bathrooms, answering the phones, and on, and

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Stop Lying to Yourself, We Know You Can’t Multitask

I have owned 14 different companies, often several at the same time. I’ve seen 4 successful exits and been clobbered twice. I love what I do and I wake up naturally at 6:00 am. I have tremendous discipline and believed, for many years, that I was the exception. I knew in my soul that I was good at multitasking. I WAS WRONG. Yep, I admit it. Flat out wrong. Multitasking

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