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Positioning for Growth

By
Jim Wardlaw, MS
February 22, 2021

At a recent quarterly meeting with my fellow EOS Implementers I quickly sketched out an illustration of a tool upon which I often rely to help my clients understand where EOS fits into the range of professional support resources available to them as business owners.

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Make It Rain: Visionary and Integrator, two forces in the same storm.

By
Jim Wardlaw, MS
February 22, 2021

When I was a kid we’d start counting the moment we saw lightening strike. One one-thousand, two one-thousand, three one- BOOM, the thunder would roll through our neighborhood, shaking everything to its foundation. When I read Gino Wickman and Mark Winter’s most recent book, Rocket Fuel, I thought, “What an apt metaphor for the roles of Visionary and Integrator.”

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Interrogator or Integrator

By
Jim Wardlaw, MS
February 9, 2021

I visited a client who had recently begun the EOS implementation process. The Integrator, and 50 percent shareholder in a $30 million manufacturing business, had invited me to sit in on their weekly Level 10 Meeting. I willingly accepted, excited to see the progress he had made facilitating the process we had introduced in prior sessions. I was intrigued because this guy is an “Integrator’s Integrator” who had a history of being very strong in his opinions and, with all love and respect, a bit uncomfortable with change. I was very curious to see how the structure and accountability of EOS played out in his hands as a facilitator.

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Conflict

By
Jim Wardlaw, MS
December 11, 2020

Conflict is a natural part of any relationship. Disagreements can arise. Experiences may contrast. Stories and opinions abound. When managed improperly, conflicts may challenge team dynamics, cause emotional upset and dysfunction, give rise to blame and criticism and erode trust. When we learn to navigate conflict, it becomes one of the most valuable tools available to us.

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Integrator's Eight Drama Killers

By
Jim Wardlaw, MS
October 14, 2020

During a recent EOS implementation I was working with a Leadership Team that couldn’t seem to get past themselves. They have a solid business model, a strong offering and capable team. Yet they continued to struggle with roles, accountability and team health. The company was in disarray and declining. I wondered why. In EOS we teach that two key roles must be filled in the highest performing organizations, the Visionary and the Integrator.

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Add a Whiteboard to your Online Meetings

By
Stas Balanevsky
October 14, 2020

Do you miss your whiteboard? I tend to draw to get my point across; I always have. In this new normal of zoom, skype, hangout, zoho, etc., I had lost my ability to illustrate AND see the participants at the same time. No more... here is my solution:

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