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Commanding Business

The challenge with growth is that the habits that got you here become the limitations that prevent you from getting there. Growth not only requires us to learn new habits. It requires that we unlearn old ones. I’m Tim Hamilton, CEO of Praxent and host of the Commanding Business podcast. Each week, I interview authors, experts and real world leaders about how they grew their teams, their organizations and ultimately themselves. From leadership to management and marketing to innovation, we’ll cover a variety of topics with an aim to uncover actionable takeaways you can implement in your own organization today.
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Jun 28, 2016

After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy at the top of his class, David Marquet was asked to become the Captain of a nuclear-powered attack submarine. One year later, Captain Marquet was given an opportunity to lead a different submarine, one which had the worst performance record in the fleet. It was on that ship Captain Marquet realized the leader-follower environment was inadequate for his organization to perform at a top level. He shares his story with us today and takes us through the journey which is documented in his book, Turn the Ship Around, a book USA Today has named one of the Top 10 Business Books of all time.

 

Key Takeaways:

[1:30] Captain Marquet describes his leadership experience on the worst performing submarine in the Navy, at the time.

[7:24] How did eliminating the task and report policy help to turn the ship around?

[14:14] What are the rituals, habits and protocols of all organizations?

[18:03] What is wrong with being told to “Be Empowered”?

[22:20] Defining businesses in a two-dimensional space and why your team should function diagonally.

[28:50] Ask your people “What is the timeframe you want to win over?”

[34:21] Giving up control in very small steps and evaluating the outcome is the first step to implementing Captain Marquet’s practices.

[39:38] Give people permission to give you feedback about your performance.

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Captain David Marquet

Turn the Ship Around

Jun 17, 2016

Today’s guest, Danny Gutknecht is an expert in all things, talent. He is CEO of the HR Management company, Pathways and is the author of a new book - Essence: Meaning at Work. He shares his model of Essence mining, a way for companies to uncover key information used to drive higher productivity, collaboration, and innovation within their organizations. In addition, he defines organizational meaning language and gives real world business examples of how to incorporate aspirations, beliefs, and values into core principles and goals.

 

Key Takeaways:

[1:05] Find out how to build cohesive, productive teams if you understand your organizational meaning language.

[7:09] There are 3 consistent themes shared throughout organizations: aspirations, beliefs and values.

[10:17] So, is it still important to post a company’s mission statement and values for all to see?

[15:40] What is an Organizational Dynamic Lingua Franca and how does it apply to business today?

[23:17] A structured natural conversation is the best way to get to the “meaning language” and the passion with an organization.

[28:29] The connection of meaning shows that meaning can be pulled out as a separate entity.

[36:24] Contact information for Danny Gutknecht and how to pre-order his book, Essence: Meaning at Work.

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Essence Mining

Essence: Meaning at Work

Pathways

Human Fugue

Jun 10, 2016

Bijoy Goswami joins Tim to discuss his ideas on bootstrapping as an entrepreneur, the Human Fugue philosophy and his book The Human Fabric: Unleashing the Power of Core Energy in Everyone. Bijoy helps entrepreneurial companies in Austin, Texas, to grow into what they want to become by creating communities, like Bootstrap Austin, which take on a life of their own after members advocate for their continuation. Tune in to hear about Bijoy’s ideas on processes and how they are ever evolving and improving.

 

Key Takeaways:

[1:19] Bijoy shares his journey and how Bootstrap Austin evolved into a community.

[10:13] Comparing a Steve Jobs quote to Bijoy’s methodology.

[13:23] What are The Four Houses of the Human Fugue? 

[25:22] An authority based system of resource allocation doesn’t work.

[29:40] When we ask “What’s the meaning of life?” we have already misunderstood the word "meaning."

[36:24] The U.S. as a society tends to process things in the third house, which leads to incredible outcomes.

[41:08] How does value get created?

[42:25] What differentiates the Maestro personality from the Practitioner and the Steward?

[46:57] Models are fundamental to being human.

[50:07] The fourth house is about finding models to fit you better by discarding other models that aren’t relevant for you.

[53:33] The 3-step process for meaning is the next step of the human journey.

[58:02] Contact information for Bijoy and links to the projects discussed during the podcast. 

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

Praxent

Bijoy Goswami

Human Fugue

Bootstrap Austin

The Human Fabric

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