It's All Your Fault (in Your Business)

on March 14, 2019 |By Jarrod Musick | Business Owners
Here’s the bad news. You are at fault for everything that goes wrong in your business. The good news is that there are only four reasons why, and they are all fixable.   When something goes wrong in my firm, I take a mental look at ‘The List’ and ask which one it is.  
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How Essentialism Applies to Your Business

on February 13, 2019 |By Jarrod Musick | Business Owners
“Hard choices, easy life. Easy choices, hard life.” - Jerzy Gregorek   Making tough decisions allows you to pursue what matters. Trying to do everything or always taking the path of least resistance leads to disarray. Jerzy (champion powerlifter, author, political refugee, and poet) may not consider himself an adherent of Essentialism but he has incorporated its central ideas into his personal philosophy. Essentialism is a mental model that acts as a filter help us make better decisions. Business leadership is about making good decisions and staying focused. Essentialism is an ideal tool to have.
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Keystone Habits for Business Growth

on January 15, 2019 |By Jarrod Musick | Business Owners
In his 2012 book, The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg discusses the power that habits have over our lives. Think of putting your shoes on; each time you likely put on the same shoe first and tie it without consciously thinking about it. These habit patterns were built in childhood and, by automating the process, your brain is freed up to pursue higher level tasks. Without habits, our minds would be consumed by moving through the world every day and we would struggle to make any real progress.
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Why We Need Truth and Respect for Delegation

on December 17, 2018 |By Jarrod Musick | Business Owners
As business owners, our most precious resource is our time and how we use it. While we all have 168 hours every week, we can only put a very minimal amount of that towards the important pieces in our business. Your 30-60 available hours can’t really change too much without impacting your family, health, and general wellbeing. So, how do we maximize this valuable resource? The only way to move forward is through delegation and efficiency gains. Efficiency gains happen through the building and re-building of systems, tools, and processes to allow our work to move more smoothly. Delegation, on the other hand, is a product of our choices and our willingness to empower others to take things off of our plates. It is about the why rather than the how.  
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Building Systems or Fighting Fires

on November 15, 2018 |By Jarrod Musick | Business Owners
Every business owner has found themselves fighting a financial fire in their business or personal life, and sometimes both at the same time. You are not alone, we have all been there. It doesn’t mean that you did a bad job anticipating for it, it means that there was a system problem somewhere within your business model. The good news is that there are ways to build systems and automate most of the implementation so you can focus on growing your business and not fighting fires. It's less stressful and way more enjoyable. And let's face it, we could all use less stress these days.  
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