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Your Championship Company Podcast – Episode 6 – Ryan Parsons

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Episode 6:
Ryan Parsons

Business Owner

Championship Business Owner:
The Brothers That Just Do Gutters – Poughkeepsie, NY

The company was started 18-years ago by Ryan’s brother, Ken. After years of struggling to figure out their business and making it through the 2008-09 recession, they have come out on the other side and have started franchising. They’ve developed championship caliber success by creating a culture of expectation to accountability, professional and personal development, and transparency throughout their company, and its franchisees.

Key Things You Will Learn:

  • How Ryan and his brother Ken survived through the 2008-09 recession to come out strong the other side.
  • How a business coach helped them become successful after years of spinning their wheels.
  • How transparency with sharing the company financials has made them more profitable and created a winning culture.
  • Why systems are vital business success.

Ryan Parsons Interview:
Interview Recording (click to stream on web / right click to download & save)

Resources:
To learn more about Ryan, Ken, and The Brothers That Just Do Gutters, click the logo below to go to
www.BrothersGutters.com

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Workplace Communication & Trust: The Equivalent to the Chicken & Egg Conundrum

I may owe a former client an apology. But, then again, maybe not.

I’ll let you decide.

Five years ago at the end of seminar I delivered on The 3 Strategies to Create a Championship Company an attendee, Garry, came up to me to ask me a few questions about a situation in his company.

We had a brief exchange during the 90-minute seminar and I had a general idea of the challenges he was facing but not the full extent.

After listening for a minute or two I told him, “it sounds as if you have a communication problem.”

In this case study interview video he admits that he didn’t believe me at the time.

But, he hired me anyway.

We worked together for four-six month stretches over a 18-month period after which his work environment and relationships with his employees were transformed.

At the end Garry admitted I was right, that his workplace issues were caused by poor communication.

Lately, though, through other similar client work I’ve come to believe I may have been wrong in diagnosing Garry’s underlying problem.

If we look at how things transformed and what the real difference was that made the difference after our work together, the real issue was “trust,” between Garry and key members of his staff.

I find that time and again.

So, I’m beginning to think that I was technically wrong in my original assessment.

But, not really. Because it was the poor communication that led to the low trust.

But, the argument could also be made that low trust caused the communication between Garry and his employees to be such that less than optimal.Trust & Communication is the Chicken & Egg of Championship Performance Cultures in Small Business

If there is a low trust between two individuals it will impact the communication between them.

People will surely communicate differently in low-trust vs. high-trust environments.

My question to you is, what comes first low-trust or ineffective communication?

Does the low-trust cause ineffective communication, or does ineffective communication cause low-trust?

Leave a comment below and let’s explore this together.

‘til next time, remember, Communicate With Power!

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Your Championship Company Podcast – Episode 5 – Developing & Executing the 3 Strategies of Championship Organizations in Small Business

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Episode 5:
Developing & Executing the 3 Strategies of Championship Organizations in Small Business by Skip Weisman

This is Skip’s first of many upcoming content-only podcast episodes.

Key Things You Will Learn:

  • How the Chicago Cubs’ were transformed to a World Series Champion in just five years.
  • How the sports teams application of the 3 Strategies of  Championship Organizations relates to small business success.
  • Why it is easier for small businesses to create championship performance than a sports team.

Podcast Recording MP3:
Podcast Recording (click to stream on web / right click to download & save)

 

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Your Championship Company Podcast – Episode 4 – Ending the “Entitlement Mentality” in Small Business

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Episode 4:
Understanding & Ending the “Entitlement Mentality” in Small Business by Skip Weisman

This is Skip’s first of many upcoming content-only podcast episodes.

Key Things You Will Learn:

  • The 5 types of YCC podcasts you can expect.
  • 3 causes of an “entitlement mentality” in every small business workplace.
  • The types of “entitlement mentalities” each workplace generation offers.
  • The 3 problems with how small business owners engage the different generations in their workplaces.
  • The 2 conversations small business owners need to engage in to maximize performance from a multi-generation workforce.

Podcast Recording MP3:
Podcast Recording (click to stream on web / right click to download & save)

 

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To Create a Championship Culture in Your Small Business Model a Real Champion

Championship performance in small business & on the athletic field follows the same strategiesFor a model to build a championship small business company culture look no further than the Chicago Cubs.

Between 2011 through 2014, the Cubs lost more than 60% of their games.

In 2015 and 2016 the Cubs won more than 60% of their games; winning the franchise’s first World Series Championship in 108 years.

The championship ended the longest non-championship streak in the history of professional sports in North America, and maybe the entire world.

You can take the exact path to championship performance.

The Cubs’ transformation started with the design of the company culture.

Theo Epstein, who became the youngest general manager in Major League Baseball history in 2002 when we took over the Boston Red Sox at the age of 28, orchestrated the Cubs’ organizational transformation.

Epstein led the Red Sox’ to end their championship drought after a measly 86 years when they won the 2004 World Series.

In both instances Epstein created championship performance on the baseball diamond by first designing a championship culture.

Upon being hired by the Cubs he created a culture manifesto called “The Cubs Way.”

It defined the culture, focusing on three objectives:

  • Winning the World Series
  • Being a “good neighbor”
  • Preserving Wrigley Field (their historic, aging, cathedral of a stadium)1

To achieve those objectives he first put in place criteria for recruiting personnel based on personal character.

One of the key character traits that required a deep assessment was resiliency and response to adversity.

Those are important because the best baseball players fail 70% of the time, and for sales personnel the rejection rate is even worse.

Secondly Epstein established a system around specific performance accountabilities that was the same for the athletes and the administrative staff.

All of those components, plus a commitment to a highly transparent approach to communication2 led to a high-trust culture allowing for a very positive and resilient culture.

The Results: Almost 5 years to the day Epstein was hired, the Cubs won their first championship in 108 years.

It took three years for the culture change to begin paying dividends.

Today, the Cubs are recognized as the best team in baseball and favored to win again.

The lesson here for every small business owner is:

  1. to start with character in building your team and
  2. build the team with clear performance goals, accountability to them, and
  3. provide consistent feedback for coaching and development.

In 2007 I created my own manifesto to help small business owners create championship performance in companies.

It’s called The 3 Strategies of Championship Organizations and creates the foundation Your Small Business Championship Game Plan. If you’d like a free copy, click here.

‘til next time, remember, Communicate With Power!

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Footnotes:

1 http://www.4sighthealth.com/the-cubs-way-lessons-in-leadership-cultural-change-and-performance-improvement/

2 http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/03/15/cubs-theo-epstein-transparent-culture-is-best-way-to-build-an-organization/

 


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