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In July 2019, my company’s Leadership Team starting working with Justin Maust, a Certified EOS Implementer. We have been functioning on EOS since that time, so for the last six months. Thus far, EOS has been highly valuable for us. It has forced us to confront difficult issues, solve them and move on. At times it has been uncomfortable, but always valuable.
For this article, I want to focus on one specific EOS tool, the scorecard. It has taken me some time to wrap my head around the details of this tool, but I think I am starting to grasp it, so wanted to share some thoughts.
What is the scorecard?
According to EOS, the scorecard is made up of the 8 to 12 most important measurables for your company (or department for the departmental scorecard). Pretend you are on an island and the only connection between you and your company is the scorecard, delivered to you on a weekly basis. What are the most important measurables that will tell you what you want and need to know?
Each week, in an L10 meeting, the scorecard measurables are reported on. They are either “on-track” or “off-track.” The goal is for every measurable to be “on-track” every week. Why? These are your most vital measurables. Each and every scorecard measurable that is “off-track” is “dropped down” and discussed in the issues solving portion of the L10 meeting.
How I was missing the point
When we first started EOS, we had a tremendous amount of issues to solve. What ended up happening was “off-track” scorecard measurables were getting lost and not discussed and solved. This began building a poor habit amongst the members of the Leadership Team. “Off-track” scorecard measurables weren’t a huge deal. We figured we would eventually figure them out and continued to solve other issues.
What this created
The following things began happening:
What am I learning?
I am positive I still have much to learn about the scorecard and all of the other EOS tools. I am looking forward to the journey ahead.
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I have been surprised at how much of an impact Kobe Bryant’s passing has had on me. I never met Kobe and have no personal ties to him. I grew up in Utah and hated the Lakers and Kobe because well… they always beat the Jazz.
His passing was tragic and is another clear example of how fragile life is, how quickly it can end. I think these moments cause everyone to pause, at least for a little bit, and reflect. We are all mortal and feel it deeply during moments like this. After my own personal reflection however, I don’t think the tragic nature of the event is what has impacted me the most.
Kobe Bryant had one goal. It was to be the best basketball player ever and win as many championships as possible. There are countless stories about his work ethic, drive, attention to detail and shear force of will. He was willing to eat healthier, exercise harder, practice with more ferocity and perform day after day, year after year despite injuries, illness and being a husband and father of young children.
We are all different. Kobe’s style isn’t for everyone, nor should it be. Nevertheless, Kobe’s singular focus and intensity speak to my heart.
He wasn’t perfect. His imperfections were public, much more public than 99.99% of humans. But he left a gift. He left his blueprint of success and achievement.
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I just finished listening to Unbroken, written by Laura Hillenbrand, about the incredible life story of Louis Zamperini. This was my first time listening to/reading the book. I saw the movie when it came out, I thought it was well done, but for years I consistently heard that the movie was nothing compared to the book. I also heard from many people that the movie left out the entire point of Louie’s life journey.
It was a difficult book to listen to. The atrocities that Pacific POWs endured during WWII is heart-breaking and gut-wrenching. I am sure the book only contained a mustard seed of what really happened. It took me 15 hours to listen to what happened to men every day for year after year.
I didn’t realize how special of a runner Louie was. He was a once in a generational runner. His undoubted epic and long running career was destroyed by war and violence.
The movie conveyed the message that Louie was an incredibly strong human with unbelievable willpower. After watching, I felt as though I could accomplish anything and endure any amount of pain and suffering. I was an inspired human.
As the end of the book neared, I began to realize why many people had told me the movie missed the point. Louie’s strength, street-smarts, ingenuity and will to stay alive were and are awe-inspiring. However, despite his elite, almost supernatural human abilities, in the years after the war he was broken. He was a mess and doomed to a life of incredible pain, suffering and loss.
It all changed when he gave his life to Jesus Christ. (There are many more details to this story. If you haven’t experienced it, you should do so right now.) So, what is my takeaway? And what do I believe Louie would want all of us to know? Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, is the one who enabled Louie to be unbroken. Christ is the way for all of us. After experiencing the book, I am beyond inspired. I am humbled. My heart is open to Christ. I want to follow Him even more.
I believe in Jesus Christ. I am striving to follow Him. But have I truly and fully given my life to Him? What does completely giving your life to Christ look like on a daily basis? I will let my heart and mind ponder on this.
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Faith or Fear
Acceptance or Resistance
Belief or Doubt
Confidence or Insecurity
Conviction or Hesitancy
Hope or Question
Loyalty or Separation
Tranquility or Anxiety
Optimism or Pessimism
Cheer or Despair
Calm or Agitation
Humility or Pride
Abundance or Scarcity
What are the words that best describe my fundamental way of daily living?
What words best describe the root of why I think the way I think, speak the way I speak, act the way I act, react the way I react?
Do I like those words? Am I proud of those words?
Just some thoughts.
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I have been pondering on the reality of God the Father. I believe in God the Father (Heavenly Father), Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. I believe them to be separate and distinct beings who are completely united (or “one”) in purpose.
Specifically, I have been pondering on the idea that I am a literal spirit son of Heavenly Parents. God the Father is literally my Father. He is perfect. He has all power, all knowledge, all wisdom, all understanding, etc. One of the most important, if not the most important things I can do in this life is know my Father in Heaven and make Him the bedrock of my daily life. This is foundational to understanding and achieving my true destiny.
One of my favorite scriptures comes from the ancient prophet Lehi, recorded in the Book of Mormon, “Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy” (2 Nephi 2:25). God created me to have joy. He wants me to be happy. I recently wrote that true, sincere happiness is and should be considered a legit superpower.
So, could the deepest, purest happiness possible to mankind only come after you come to know God the Father and make Him the focus on your daily living?
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The title is in quotes because it comes from a dear friend and mentor, Ron Carson. Ron puts out short videos called “Ronsense.” You can find them HERE. He recently put out a Ronsense that connects with a recent blog post of mine, so I wanted to write about his thoughts. The specific episode can be found HERE.
In my recent post, I talked about typical workweeks that are working many people into the ground. I also talked about how I try to limit my workweek to 40 hours a week because of my desire to allocate ample time to religion, family and health (particularly sleeping and exercise). I also mentioned that at times I feel guilty not spending more time on work.
I love Ron’s quote: “Do the most productive thing at every given moment.” I love this because the “most productive thing” is constantly changing because every moment is different.
My gut is telling me that identifying your “most productive thing” is guided and decided by YOU, not by pressure from anyone else. You know what you are good at. You know what is most important to you and who is most important to you. You know what needs to get done. You know where your mind is at and how you are feeling. So, take ownership of your time, your “moments.” Choose to “do the most productive thing at every given moment.”
It also seems like when you do this your life stops being about time and more about living.
This doesn’t mean that every moment will be easy. “Easy” shouldn’t be something we strive for. “Easy” doesn’t lead to growth.
I believe one of Ron’s superpowers is his happiness. Yes, I believe that true, deep happiness is a superpower.
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Every once and a while I dream about a life where everything, other then my Vital Few, is outsourced. I believe this life is possible but takes time and deliberate focus to create. There are two aspects of this type of life that excites me. First, being able to go deep on the things that are most important or that I am best at. Dan Sullivan and Strategic Coach calls this stuff your Unique Ability. Second, the opportunity to provide work for other people.
Until I achieve this glorious state, like many of you, I need to take care of the little things that I will call necessary clutter. Necessary clutter is email, texts, voice messages, house projects, drafting a work process, scheduling meetings, taking care of post-meeting action items, booking and planning business and personal travel, budgeting, paying bills, etc. These things need to happen, but they are not a high value for my time.
One day, a couple of weeks ago, I had an idea. Like most great ideas, this came when I was concentrating on nothing in particular. In other words, when my conscious mind was off and my unconscious mind had the opportunity to present one of its gems.
Fridays used to be as follows:
I found that after my weekly planning was completed, I had very little willpower to get stuff done. That was annoying. Getting yourself pumped up for something fun and enjoyable is still worth it, even though it is difficult. But getting yourself pumped up for organizing your work tasks, booking flights and hotels, budgeting, etc. is well… it totally stinks.
My IDEA: Move my personal L10 meeting and my weekly planning to 5:00 am. Don’t check email before. Don’t do anything before. Just evaluate my life (in the personal L10 meeting) and plan the perfect week for the upcoming week.
The second part of my IDEA: Since my weekly planning is now done, I know what my perfect next week looks like. So, use the remainder of Friday to set up Saturday through next Thursday. In other words, get as much of the necessary clutter DONE and out of the way. I used to want to attack the BIG, important stuff right after weekly planning; but this idea suggested that I should spend a focused amount of time clearing the clutter, use the weekend as a mind break and then attack the BIG, important stuff then.
I have applied this idea over the last two weeks. The first Friday consisted of answering, acting on and sorting through almost 200 emails. It was rough. Nevertheless, when I was done, I felt free and excited that I wasn’t going to have to confront those emails on Monday. The second Friday was much more what I wanted it to be. I completed many small tasks, both professional and personal, that had been looming for weeks, some for months. This last Saturday through Thursday has been great! Without the clutter, I have been able to focus on some deep work projects. My stress level has been down. I am sleeping better and much happier. I haven’t tracked this, but it feels like I am getting more done and more important things done in less time.
I will continue to experiment with and learn from this. Two weeks has shown me that there might be something to this, I must continue on.
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*L10 or Level 10 Meeting is an EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System) concept. It is meant for businesses but I also use it for my personal life. https://www.eosworldwide.com/
Near the end of my work day yesterday, I began thinking about the pressures of life. First, the pressures of business. It is common place for people in the business world to work well more than 40 hours a week. In fact, 40 hours a week almost seems like child’s play. 50, 60, 70 hours per week is just the way it is for many people.
I began to reflect on my personal work ethic. I am religious, I believe in God. I am married to my best friend and we have two busy boys. I care deeply about my health. I want both a long lifespan and healthspan, meaning that I will live young at a ripe old age. Therefore, sufficient sleep, proper eating and daily exercise are vital. I also own a home, and for those of you who also own a home understand that it takes work and time.
I wake up between 4:45 AM and 5:30 AM at least 90% of my mornings. I do my best to stop everything by 9:00 PM in order to get the sleep I want and need. I think my ideal world would consist of an 8:00 PM bedtime and 4:00 AM wake up time. Anyway…. Sunday is a day of rest for me. I always rest from workweek/career type work. However, Sunday is not always as relaxing as I would like it to be. Often it is filled with spiritual type work; attending church, church leadership meetings, visiting neighbors, and spending time with extended family. Depending on what responsibility I have in my church at the time, Sundays can be more intense than Wednesdays.
As I reflected on Monday through Saturday, it was difficult for me to find any times when I take significant breaks. My hobbies are religion, family and daily exercise. It is a blessed and rare day when I hike, trail run, go to a movie or golf. I want to purchase a road bike (cycling) but I am unsure when I would use it. I am terrible at taking free time, release time, relax, whatever you want to call it.
Now, if you are still reading, please know that I am not writing this for the purpose of suggesting that I am someone special. Here is my point. A 40 hour workweek is most common for me. 40 hours a week is all the time I allow myself to allocate to work because I want to allocate time to religion, my family and my health. However, if I combine work, religion, family time and obligations and health maintenance I work at least 80 hours every single week, unless I am on vacation. So, am I sacrificing my life for my business? No. I do feel however, that I am working extremely hard. I feel the intensity and stress almost daily. I am working on learning how to handle this part.
As of right now, I have no complete “therefore what” thoughts, but below are some thoughts that may or may not go somewhere.
This may only be a personal struggle, but if you can relate, I would love your comments.
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