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Business Operating System #10: The 3HAG Way

Like Gino Wickman, Shannon Byrne Susko started as a member of Verne Harnish’s Gazelle program and she was inculcated in Rockefeller Habits and Scaling Up principles. Her system, documented in her books (The Metronome Effect (2014) and The 3HAG Way (2018)), evolved from Scaling Up’s toolset. However, there are some notable differences. Susko recognizes the […]

Business Operating System #9: OKRs

John Doerr was an electrical engineer who started at Andy Grove’s Intel, which he left to become one of the most successful venture capitalists in America. He has backed Amazon, AOL, Compaq, Google, Netscape, Twitter, Slack, and other successful tech businesses. Doerr took Andy Grove’s objectives and key results (OKRs) management tool with him and […]

Business Operating System #8: 4DX

The 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX) program, created by FranklinCovey, drives organizational results through behavior change. 4DX focuses on articulating your major, definite objective, the one it calls the Wildly Important Goal (WIG or The War) and then breaking it down into a handful of “WIG Battles” and quarterly execution steps. The process includes keeping […]

Business Operating System #7: Scaling Up

Following the publication of Traction, Verne Harnish came up with “Rockefeller Habits 2.0” and titled it Scaling Up. This is a system directed at strengthening fast-growth companies, organized around four areas: people, strategy, execution, and cash. In Scaling Up, Harnish updated the One Page Strategic Plan and added a thinking tool he calls the 7 […]

Business Operating System #5: Rapid Enterprise Development

Keith McFarland, former CEO of twice Inc. 500 winning Colletech Systems, credits a chance meeting with Jim Collins for inspiring his research that led to The Breakthrough Company. McFarland replicated Collins’s Good to Great process, conducted for the elite of the Fortune 500, and applied it to small, fast-growing companies. The Rapid Enterprise Development team […]

Business Operating System #4: The Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS)

Gino Wickman joined his family sales training business at age 25. He soon discovered that his father was more of an entrepreneur than a manager, more excited about ideas, strategy, and clients than managing a profitable business. Gino jumped in and helped to right the ship and grow and sell the business. Wickman embraced the […]

Business Operating System #3: The Rockefeller Habits

Verne Harnish studied as a mechanical engineer, after which he decided on a business career and earned an MBA. While studying at Wichita State University, he founded the Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs and then expanded the concept nationally and later globally when, in 1987, he founded the Young Entrepreneurs Organization (now: EO). Working and consulting […]