Traction and the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS)

Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business

As we grow Bridgetown Partners, the leadership team is building the company on a foundation of systems and metrics. Systems enable everyone on the team to speak, listen, and think with a shared language and a common vocabulary. Clear metrics enable everyone to know that the ship is on course. The best metrics also give guidance on self-correction.

Many books offer advice on systems and metrics: E-Myth by Michael Gerber and Scaling Up by Verne Harnish are two well-known titles. After exploring several methodologies, I have chosen to base Bridgetown’s systems on Traction by Gino Wickman. Bridgetown has great momentum. By refining our tools, we will accelerate our growth.

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Focus on the One Thing

Focusing Question: What's the one thing I can do right now to make everything else easier or unnecessary? From The One Thing by Gary Keller + Jay Papasan

We live in a world of distractions. As business leaders, we always have many things to do and limited time in which to do them.

What if we could cut through the clutter and get better results in less time? The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan offers some ideas.

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Raving Fans

Raving Fans by Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles

Successful organizations have one common central focus: customers. It doesn’t matter if it’s a business, a professional practice, a hospital, or a government agency, success comes to those and only those who are obsessed with looking after customers.

~Harvey Mackay, in the Foreword of “Raving Fans”

Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles wrote Raving Fans in the early 1990s, before the internet had captured the attention of the general public. The book makes no mention of web browsers, email, or online stores. And yet the book is not old. The lessons are timeless and useful for any company that wants to compete and thrive in 2020 and beyond.

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Sam Zell Solves Business Puzzles

Sam Zell - Am I Being Too Subtle

Business is not a battle to be waged. It’s a puzzle to be solved.
 
~Sam Zell

Sam Zell is a Chicago-based investor in real estate and troubled assets. He is known for successful business turnarounds and his direct style of communicating. Sometimes he ends his verbal messages with a question: “Am I being too subtle?”

Hence the title for his autobiography. Sam has an embedded sense of urgency.

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Opportunity: Community Manager at Bridgetown Partners

Community Manager at Bridgetown Partners, LLC

Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water, or do you want to come with me and change the world?
   ~Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs posed the above question to an executive at Pepsi while recruiting him to join Apple. That was in the 1980s. Apple’s history is well known.

Bridgetown Partners is hiring a Community Manager (CM) to help with the growth of our events and publications. This is a part-time, independent contractor position, mostly remote, with some on-site work (in Los Angeles) for meetings and events. The position could evolve into full-time depending on the growth of the community and the performance of the CM.

Every member of the Bridgetown Partners team is helping to improve the world. The CM will be one of the drivers of improvement.

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