Truly Functional Teams Get More Done

Patrick Lencioni, in his book “Overcoming The Five Dysfunctions of a Team,” makes the following point: “When people come together and set aside their individual needs for the good of the whole they can accomplish what might have looked impossible on paper.” While...

Survival Skills for Your Business

Another “must” on my list of business books is Verne Harnish’s Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It… and Why the Rest Don’t. After reading the intro, find the section that is most relevant to you right now. I don’t recommend the entire book...

Executing on Your Quarterly Rocks

Execution Maximizer Advisors work with company CEOs and their leadership teams to help them make sure that their focus is on Execution – and that the payoff is results. A powerful and seemingly simple part of our approach is crystal clear priorities. Documenting and...

What Executives Should Obsess About

On my short list of must-read books are a couple written by Patrick Lencioni. One of those, focused on the leadership qualities required to run a healthy organization, is The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive. Why is this book important? Because it hits...

EM Effective Meetings Guidance

Effective Meetings Meetings are the medium through which managerial work is performed (decision making, knowledge sharing, training, motivation). This is a key to culture and results. We want to have the right number of meetings to get the desired outcomes, no more...

The Power of Delegation

The single most critical leadership skill in growing companies is delegation. The absence of this skill in the CEO or at the executive team level causes more companies to get “stuck” than any other behavior. As hands-on leaders in a smaller organization, executives...

Why Are You In Business?

My best motorcycle buddy is Tom Myers, a partner at the law firm Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, headquartered in Milwaukee. I met him more than 25 years ago. In my first meeting with Tom as his client, he asked me a crucial question: “John, what is your goal for the...

The ROI of Excellent Execution

A conversation with Jeff Kimball In 2005 Execution Maximizer Advisor Jeff Kimball was the CEO of a professional service company. As part of the CEO role, Jeff’s responsibilities included making sure he had an effective senior leadership team. Over time the team had...