Makarios Consulting Blog

Make Your Priorities a Priority

There are many forms of self-sabotage when it comes to reaching your goals, whether those are goals for your life or goals for your job. For example, one of our friends has a sign on her desk that says “I don’t procrastinate … I reschedule!” While procrastination is a very obvious form of self-sabotage, prioritization … Continue reading Make Your Priorities a Priority

Organizational Clarity Requires Candid Conversations

Achieving organizational clarity requires many leadership skills. The ability to have a candid conversation is one of the essentials. The need for candor was impressed upon me again recently when I (Rip) was working with a client to implement the Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS®). We had already put effort into thinking about how their business … Continue reading Organizational Clarity Requires Candid Conversations

Get Onboard with Good Onboarding

You’ve recruited top candidates for your open position. Assessed the resumes. Held the interviews. Made your selection. Finalized the hire. That empty gap on your team is filled! With a huge sigh of relief, you wipe your hands of the whole complicated hiring process and get back to your real work. Right? Wrong. If you … Continue reading Get Onboard with Good Onboarding

Don’t Tie Your Superstar’s Hands

What you’re about to read really happened. Honestly, you can’t make this stuff up. A global organization had a superstar as their head of marketing. She had created a powerhouse team of marketers, set clearly-defined goals and objectives, and was executing flawlessly. The team was putting out reams of thought leadership papers and getting great … Continue reading Don’t Tie Your Superstar’s Hands

It Takes Two Minutes to Stop the Rumor Mill

The rumor mill defies the laws of physics: it is the only place where nothing can create something. In particular, in the absence of solid information from leadership, the rumor mill will generate dozens of theories to answer employee questions. All those theories will have one thing in common: they will be negative. Take this … Continue reading It Takes Two Minutes to Stop the Rumor Mill

Leading Change, Part 5: When Your Employees Don’t Want to Change

Even when a change is good for your business, you will have some employees who believe that the change will negatively affect them. That belief makes managing the change a lot harder for you as a leader. To understand what your employees are going through and how to help them manage a change they perceive … Continue reading Leading Change, Part 5: When Your Employees Don’t Want to Change