Better Business, Better Life Newsletter – Issue 12

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Here’s this week’s business tip, life hack & find of the week… And don’t forget the inspirational quote, which you can download as a wallpaper or lock screen for your phone.

If you find great things that you’d like to share then feel free to email me for inclusion in one of my weekly newsletters.

BONUS – We’re running a series of events that teach the EOS Model & tools. If you’d like to attend & learn more about EOS, understand how to use the tools plus go home with a workbook & a copy of the Traction book (& a free lunch) then send me an email & I’ll send you a VIP code that will get you either a complimentary ticket or a discounted ticket to the event. See the link to the event at the bottom of the email.


Break through the ceiling

This week I was fortunate to take yet another business through an EOS Focus Day. It’s the first step in the EOS process & it can be quite a challenging day.

The challenge is that every business hits the ceiling at some point & to break through this you have to make changes. This can be confronting when you have always done things in a certain way & you are being challenged to change this.

My colleague Dan Williams, covers this perfectly in his latest LinkedIn article – “We need friction to move forward.”

So how do we do this as Business Owners?

There was a study published in the 1970’s titled “Evolution and Revolution as Businesses Grow”, which found that businesses do not grow in a perfectly straight line. It’s more as series of peaks, like mountains that we have to climb over before we get the nest growth spurt.

The unfortunate statistic is that 50% of businesses that hit the ceiling close their doors or their growth remains flat. Some businesses maintain a stagnant life while most others struggle to survive until their leaders burnout and call it quits. Only a select few break through the revolutionary period (i.e., the ceiling) and elevate their organization to the next level. Of those that break through the ceiling and grow to the next level, the cycle repeats roughly every five years.

So we need a way as leaders to change, to lead & parent our organisation through these cycles – and that comes through adopting the 5 Leadership abilities, that are covered in this week’s EOS blog:

If you’d like to know how you are doing as an organisation, then feel free to take the Org Check-up that EOS offers for free – you can do it as an individual or you can get your whole leadership team to do it. It feeds back on your results & gives you tips & tools to move forward.


Use your brain’s delete button

Ok, so it doesn’t magically make difficult customers or nightmare family issues disappear but it can help you to get what you want & make learning easier.

This article from Fast Company talks about how there is a fascinating way that your brain makes space to build new and stronger connections so you can learn more.

Using the analogy of a garden & how what you tend to grows, it  explains again how important sleep is for us.

“Imagine your brain is a garden, except instead of growing flowers, fruits, and vegetables, you grow synaptic connections between neurons. These are the connections that neurotransmitters like dopamine, seratonin, and others travel across.

“Glial cells” are the gardeners of your brain–they act to speed up signals between certain neurons. But other glial cells are the waste removers, pulling up weeds, killing pests, raking up dead leaves. Your brain’s pruning gardeners are called “microglial cells.” They prune your synaptic connections. The question is, how do they know which ones to prune?

Researchers are just starting to unravel this mystery, but what they do know is the synaptic connections that get used less get marked by a protein, C1q (as well as others). When the microglial cells detect that mark, they bond to the protein and destroy–or prune–the synapse.

This is how your brain makes the physical space for you to build new and stronger connections so you can learn more.”


Level 10 Meetings

This week it’s not a gadget or a talk, but a practical tool that can not only change the way you view meetings but actually change the way you deal with issues in your business.

A Wall Street Journal column cited a survey in which 47% of respondents claimed “too many meetings” was the biggest time-waster in their companies — by far the largest response to anything on the list.

So, how do you have world-class meetings?

Take a look at this blog, download the e-book & agenda & watch the video. Feel free to reach out to me & I give you all the tools that you need.


This popped up on LinkedIn on Friday from Adam Grant – Organizational psychologist at Wharton, bestselling author, and host of the TED podcast WorkLife – and it was perfect for the theme of this weeks newsletter.

We don’t have it as a wallpaper this week as it’s too long but it’s a great reminder about what Leadership is all about!

“Weak leaders blame the messenger. They see problems as threats to their ego.
Strong leaders thank the messenger. They see problems as threats to their mission.
Great leaders promote the messenger. They see recognizing and raising problems as acts of vision and courage.”
 – Adam Grant

BONUS – Last chance to get onto the next workshop for free.


​If you’d like to learn more about any of these tools or would like to find out how I can help you achieve a better life through creating a better business, then book a free Discovery Call with me.

We’ll talk about what you want to get from your business & your life & come up with a plan to do that!

Debra Chantry-Taylor

Certified EOS Implementer | Accredited Family Business Advisor |  Entrepreneurial Leadership & Business Coach | Speaker & Workshop Facilitator