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The Growth Whisperers are Brad Giles and Kevin Lawrence, two advisors to mid-market businesses, one Australian, one Canadian, who each work with CEOs and Leadership Teams across the world with a mission to build enduring, great companies.

Each weekly episode covers interesting situations and questions from the world of strategic planning, leadership development, talent and hiring in high growth entrepreneurial companies where real results matter.

The Growth Whisperers podcast Brad Giles & Kevin Lawrence

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The Growth Whisperers are Brad Giles and Kevin Lawrence, two advisors to mid-market businesses, one Australian, one Canadian, who each work with CEOs and Leadership Teams across the world with a mission to build enduring, great companies.

Each weekly episode covers interesting situations and questions from the world of strategic planning, leadership development, talent and hiring in high growth entrepreneurial companies where real results matter.

    #122 Fire bullets before cannonballs: Jim Collins' method for validating ideas

    #122 Fire bullets before cannonballs: Jim Collins' method for validating ideas

    What does it mean to fire bullets before cannonballs? Often leaders are too bold or, alternatively, too conservative. Instead of taking too much or too little risk, the concept of firing bullets before cannonballs asks leaders to validate an idea with a series of small, low-risk experiments. Once you have validated your idea, then you can concentrate your resources on a big bet idea. 
    From Jim Collins -
    “The ability to turn small proven ideas (bullets) into huge hits (cannonballs) counts more than the sheer amount of pure innovation.”
    No one is smart enough or experienced enough to know what will or won’t work. Only the market can tell us that.
    People intuitively say something will definitely succeed OR definitely fail. But we don’t know.
    In this episode, Brad and Kevin talk about the fire bullets before cannonballs concept, why it matters and how you can use it in your business. 
     
     
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    Related episodes
    >> See Episode 86 Productive Paranoia and why it's a critical leadership tool
    >> See Episode 9 Cheating vs Innovation, Entrepreneur to CEO
     
    Additional episodes you might enjoy:
    # 50 Jim Collins Flywheel Concept: How to build unstoppable momentum in your company
    # 16 Jim Collins
    # 84 The 7 common strategy mistakes from Michael Porter
    # 43 The top 7 best practices for weekly meetings 
    # 69 What is a Topgrading virtual bench and why you need one
    # 88 The hidden cost of not having a team of all A-Players
    # 96 The three main barriers to consistent growth
    # 83 Why strategy should focus on producing more profit - not market share

    • 28 min
    #121 How to structure presentations to ensure effective decision making

    #121 How to structure presentations to ensure effective decision making

    Leaders often waste a lot of time on decisions because meeting delegates are not well prepared with the information needed or aren't well-disciplined with a process that can lead to an effective and quick decision. In order to be a more effective leader, effective decision-making in meetings is crucial. Also, the format of rules and engagement to discuss, debate and decide impacts the effectiveness of meetings. 
    In this episode, Brad and Kevin discuss how to achieve effective decision-making during presentations and meetings. 
     
     
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    Related episodes
    >> See Episode 58 Collective intelligence, the key to a successful weekly meeting
    >> See Episode 92 Meeting Rhythm - The Monthly Leadership Team meeting
    >> See Episode 114 The CEO has only one tool (Meetings)
     
    Additional episodes you might enjoy:
    # 50 Jim Collins Flywheel Concept: How to build unstoppable momentum in your company
    # 16 Jim Collins
    # 84 The 7 common strategy mistakes from Michael Porter
    # 43 The top 7 best practices for weekly meetings 
    # 69 What is a Topgrading virtual bench and why you need one
    # 88 The hidden cost of not having a team of all A-Players
    # 96 The three main barriers to consistent growth
    # 83 Why strategy should focus on producing more profit - not market share

    • 23 min
    #120 The 20 Mile March concept By Jim Collins: Thrive in Uncertainty

    #120 The 20 Mile March concept By Jim Collins: Thrive in Uncertainty

    The 20 Mile March is a concept developed by Jim Collins in the book Great by Choice. Enterprises that prevail in turbulence self-impose a rigorous performance mark to hit with great consistency—like hiking across the United States by marching at least 20 miles a day, every day. The march imposes order amidst disorder, discipline amidst chaos, and consistency amidst uncertainty. The 20 Mile March works only if you actually hit your march year after year; if you set a 20 Mile March and then fail to achieve it, you may well get crushed by events.
    Having a clear 20 Mile March focuses the mind; because everyone on the team knows the markers and their importance, they can stay on track. Financial markets are out of your control. Customers are out of your control. Earthquakes are out of your control. Global competition is out of your control. Technological change is out of your control. Most everything is ultimately out of your control. But when you 20 Mile March, you have a tangible point of focus that keeps you and your team moving forward, despite the confusion, uncertainty, and even chaos. 
    The 20 Mile March concept by Jim Collins is critically important right now because;
    Inflationary prices are out of your control.
    Supply chain issues are out of your control.
    Pandemics are out of your control.
    Global shipping rates are out of your control.
    Interest rates are out of your control.
    Everything is probably outside your control.
     
    But when you have a 20 Mile March, you have a tangible point of focus that keeps you and your team moving forward, despite the confusion, uncertainty, and even chaos. 
    In this episode, we talk about The 20 Mile March concept By Jim Collins, and why you should consider it in your business. We list how to use it, and provide examples of businesses 20 mile metrics.
     
     
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    * Do you enjoy our content? Rate our show!
    * Follow us on Twitter @Evolution_Perth and @lawrenceandco1 Learn more about building enduring great companies.
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    Links:
    *https://evolutionpartners.com.au/
    *https://lawrenceandco.com/
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    Additional episodes you might enjoy:
    # 50 Jim Collins Flywheel Concept: How to build unstoppable momentum in your company
    # 16 Jim Collins
    # 84 The 7 common strategy mistakes from Michael Porter
    # 43 The top 7 best practices for weekly meetings 
    # 69 What is a Topgrading virtual bench and why you need one
    # 88 The hidden cost of not having a team of all A-Players
    # 96 The three main barriers to consistent growth
    # 83 Why strategy should focus on producing more profit - not market share

    • 30 min
    #119 Jim Collins SMAC Recipe: your recipe for success

    #119 Jim Collins SMAC Recipe: your recipe for success

    SMaC Recipe is a concept developed in the book Great by Choice. A SMaC recipe is a set of durable operating practices that creates a replicable, consistent success formula. The word "SMaC" stands for Specific, Methodical, and Consistent. A solid SMaC recipe is the operating code for turning strategic concepts into reality, a set of practices more enduring than mere tactics.
    It is like the U.S. Constitution, both durable and practical, yet also amendable. Great companies and social enterprises change their SMaC recipe no more than about 20 percent per decade, so a key SMaC question is, What is the right 20 percent to change?
    In this episode, we discuss why SMaC recipes are important, and why they help companies maintain discipline. Also we provide several SMaC examples and outline how to build a SMaC recipe.
     
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    * Do you love The Growth Whisperers and want to see our smiling faces? Subscribe to our YouTube channel.
    * Do you enjoy our content? Rate our show!
    * Follow us on Twitter @Evolution_Perth and @lawrenceandco1 Learn more about building enduring great companies.
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    Links:
    *https://evolutionpartners.com.au/
    *https://lawrenceandco.com/
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    Additional episodes you might enjoy:
    # 50 Jim Collins Flywheel Concept: How to build unstoppable momentum in your company
    # 16 Jim Collins
    # 84 The 7 common strategy mistakes from Michael Porter
    # 43 The top 7 best practices for weekly meetings 
    # 69 What is a Topgrading virtual bench and why you need one
    # 88 The hidden cost of not having a team of all A-Players
    # 96 The three main barriers to consistent growth
    # 83 Why strategy should focus on producing more profit - not market share

    • 25 min
    # 118 The biggest problem with most Flywheels (part two of two)

    # 118 The biggest problem with most Flywheels (part two of two)

     
    There's a big problem with most flywheels, and it's the main reason they're destined to fail. The Flywheel Concept originated from Jim Collins' book Good to Great and outlines a series of actions that a business takes in order to build momentum in the business. The Flywheel Concept is designed to build ever-increasing momentum and growth in a business, thereby making the business more successful over time. 
    The successful flywheels that are provided as examples are built after a deep understanding of the business's fundamentals, and yet today we see many people showcasing flywheels that are never going to build momentum in a business. 
    In this episode two of two, we discuss five things to ensure that your flywheel will fire up and build momentum over time, and what to watch out for.
     
     
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    * Do you love The Growth Whisperers and want to see our smiling faces? Subscribe to our YouTube channel.
    * Do you enjoy our content? Rate our show!
    * Follow us on Twitter @Evolution_Perth and @lawrenceandco1 Learn more about building enduring great companies.
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    Links:
    *https://evolutionpartners.com.au/
    *https://lawrenceandco.com/
    -----
    Additional episodes you might enjoy:
    # 50 Jim Collins Flywheel Concept: How to build unstoppable momentum in your company
    # 16 Jim Collins
    # 84 The 7 common strategy mistakes from Michael Porter
    # 43 The top 7 best practices for weekly meetings 
    # 69 What is a Topgrading virtual bench and why you need one
    # 88 The hidden cost of not having a team of all A-Players
    # 96 The three main barriers to consistent growth
    # 83 Why strategy should focus on producing more profit - not market share

    • 26 min
    #117 The biggest problem with most Flywheels (part one of two)

    #117 The biggest problem with most Flywheels (part one of two)

     
    There's a big problem with most flywheels, and it's the main reason they're destined to fail. The Flywheel Concept originated from Jim Collins' book Good to Great and outlines a series of actions that a business takes in order to build momentum in the business. The Flywheel Concept is designed to build ever-increasing momentum and growth in a business, thereby making the business more successful over time. 
    The successful flywheels that are provided as examples are built after a deep understanding of the business's fundamentals, and yet today we see many people showcasing flywheels that are never going to build momentum in a business. 
    In this episode one of two, we discuss five things to ensure that your flywheel will build momentum over time, and not end up a waste of time.
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    * Do you love The Growth Whisperers and want to see our smiling faces? Subscribe to our YouTube channel.
    * Do you enjoy our content? Rate our show!
    * Follow us on Twitter @Evolution_Perth and @lawrenceandco1 Learn more about building enduring great companies.
    -----
     
    -----
    Links:
    *https://evolutionpartners.com.au/
    *https://lawrenceandco.com/
    -----
    Additional episodes you might enjoy:
    # 50 Jim Collins Flywheel Concept: How to build unstoppable momentum in your company
    # 16 Jim Collins
    # 84 The 7 common strategy mistakes from Michael Porter
    # 43 The top 7 best practices for weekly meetings 
    # 69 What is a Topgrading virtual bench and why you need one
    # 88 The hidden cost of not having a team of all A-Players
    # 96 The three main barriers to consistent growth
    # 83 Why strategy should focus on producing more profit - not market share

    • 23 min

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