35 episodes

Giving you every tool you need to grow + scale your business with operational excellence, while also prioritizing your quality of life. Hosted by best-selling author + speaker Mike Michalowicz + operational efficiency expert + CEO, Adrienne Dorison, the Run Like Clockwork podcast is a series of insightful + topical operations conversations based on the best-selling book, Clockwork, to help small business owners design a business + team that runs itself. To stay in touch with all things Run Like Clockwork, you can check out runlikeclockwork.com. Subscribe, review + share your takeaways from each episode with us on social media so that we can connect!

RUN LIKE CLOCKWORK: SMALL BUSINESS OPERATIONS Mike Michalowicz + Adrienne Dorison

    • Entrepreneurship

Giving you every tool you need to grow + scale your business with operational excellence, while also prioritizing your quality of life. Hosted by best-selling author + speaker Mike Michalowicz + operational efficiency expert + CEO, Adrienne Dorison, the Run Like Clockwork podcast is a series of insightful + topical operations conversations based on the best-selling book, Clockwork, to help small business owners design a business + team that runs itself. To stay in touch with all things Run Like Clockwork, you can check out runlikeclockwork.com. Subscribe, review + share your takeaways from each episode with us on social media so that we can connect!

    Clockwork Rapidfire Q+A

    Clockwork Rapidfire Q+A

    Here’s a juicy episode for you! I’m answering ALL your questions, rapidfire!
     
    Questions I answer on this episode:
     
    How can I start implementing Clockworking with new hires from the very beginning? When hiring someone new -- how long should it take to get them fully integrated + into a fully ‘delegated’ state? What do you do when you want to fire almost everyone? How do I support my team with hitting income company income goals? How do I deal with team members making client facing mistakes? Do you have any advice for protecting design time and preventing it from devolving into other other D’s (doing, deciding, delegating)?   
    I hope that me answering these questions helped clear up some of your own questions. And if any of these questions resonated with you or sparked more, nuanced questions for your business specifically, you may want to consider joining our Run Like Clockwork Accelerator where we can answer all your questions and provide specific feedback to your business. 
     
    I plan to do more of these rapidfire Q + A episodes so if you have other questions, share them with us on Instagram @rlclockwork.

    • 22 min
    5 Habits that Help Me Stay Efficient AND Productive

    5 Habits that Help Me Stay Efficient AND Productive

    “We first make habits, and then our habits make us.” John Dryden
     
    There’s no doubt that habits play a huge role in the success (or failure) of a business. While we all live by habits, some habits are more intentional than others. Today I’m sharing 5 habits I have developed that help me stay efficient AND productive. 
     
    My top 5 habits are:
    review my projects / PM system daily end of day standup  time blocking remove distractions create your personal non-negotiables  
    Hopefully you can take one, some, or all of these and start testing and applying them to your business. I can guarantee you that if you stay consistent on them, they will help you be more efficient and productive in your business. I’d love to hear how it’s going for you if you try any of these! Tag us on Instagram @rlclockwork ! We would love to hear which one you try or if there are other habits that are working for you that we should know about!

    • 26 min
    Clockwork Rockstars + How They Did It

    Clockwork Rockstars + How They Did It

    This episode is super special because, not only am I sharing incredible WINS of Clockwork Rockstars + how they did it, I’m doing it with my lead team member, Emily! Since one of Emily’s Clockwork hats is coaching within our Accelerator program, I thought who better to join me to shout out some of our incredible students and hopefully inspire you as you kick off the New Year in your business!
     
    Since our Run Like Clockwork QBR (Queen Bee Role) is keeping our students accountable, we’ve integrated badges into the Clockwork Accelerator program that our students can collect throughout the program and earn rewards. Think Girl/Boy Scouts badges for your business. How cool is that?!
     
    The badges that some of our Clockwork Rockstars earned that we highlight are:
    ACDC Rockstar Systems Snatcher Graduate 2 Week Vacation Converts Like It’s Hot  
    We share these wins with you so you know it happens incrementally over time + it is possible. These business owners came into our Accelerator program less than 6 months ago and are already experiencing so many wins!
     
    Qualities that helped these students have incredible wins (+ will help you too):
    open to new ideas do the work, show up on calls, ask questions take advantage of every resource presented to them ask for things that they need focus on implementing
    If you’re interested in joining us within our Run Like Clockwork Accelerator, we would love to support you this year in designing a business + team that runs itself! You can find all the details here.

    • 41 min
    The Power of Big Thinking (Designing Your 2020 Plan)

    The Power of Big Thinking (Designing Your 2020 Plan)

    Wow! With 2020 (and a new decade!) HERE, I thought it would be perfect timing to talk about the power of big thinking and designing your 2020 plan. I know many business owners struggle with making time for the visionary pieces of the business.
     
    If you’re like so many of our clients and entrepreneurs we talk with, you’re a high achiever and pride yourself with being a “hard worker.” That can be one of the reasons that it’s challenging for you to get out of the Doing aspect of your business and step more into the Design aspect and highest value activities as the visionary.
     
    On this episode I share why thinking of yourself as a super visionary as well as valuing that side is vital for leading as the captain of your ship.
     
    I go into more detail on being the captain of your ship and Doing vs Designing in my free Find Your Business Bottleneck workshop and Quickstart Guide - my gift to you.
     
    The reason you may be avoiding design time is that it often has delayed gratification, so it may be more challenging for you initially because DOING involves more instant gratification which you’re likely addicted to! We’re biased towards quick wins. Often the visionary, strategy + longer term higher level leadership work we need to be doing doesn’t come with quick wins.
     
    Some tips for making sure you have design time planned in:
    block off the time ON THE CALENDAR for “designing” share with your team to keep accountable step away from the computer do something that inspires you  
    If you’re interested in joining us within our Run Like Clockwork Accelerator, we would love to support you this year in designing a business + team that runs itself! You can find all the details here.
     
    Happy New Year + decade!

    • 22 min
    Prioritizing Presence... not presents

    Prioritizing Presence... not presents

    I thought this would be the perfect time of year to talk about the idea of balance vs. presence. 
     
    I’ve never been a fan of balance personally, it just doesn’t make much sense to me and always leaves us feeling guilty or split between our worlds. Even the idea of the word balance makes us feel like things should also be split EQUALLY in terms of time in order to be balanced, but that’s just one measure. I think more importantly we want to think about our presence during those times. Because otherwise we’re constantly somewhere else in our minds anyway.
     
    I also share my concept of making “minimum payments” in certain areas of your life during different seasons versus trying to do it all and balance it all.  
     
    Our goal + focus shouldn’t be to create balance with all the things going on in our lives, that’s misleading, but rather start prioritizing and focusing on being present. There’s no upside in feeling bad about being at work or with family. I have a shirt that says -- wherever you are, be there -- and that really sums up this idea completely. 
     
    YOU are responsible for your thoughts though so it takes time + attention + intention to even have the awareness that you’re not present and then snap back to the moment. This won’t be easy and it won’t happen overnight, but it will also be an energy saver for you as it takes a lot of energy to mentally be in 2 places at once. 
     
    Some quick tips to be more present:
    Identify the moment you’re currently in. Listen more closely.  Be okay with not knowing everything. Reduce the distractions. Remove yourself from the digital world.  
    Happy holidays + we’re wishing you a season of PRESENCE over anything else.

    • 22 min
    How My 4-Week Maternity Leave Will Work

    How My 4-Week Maternity Leave Will Work

    As we continue preparing for our own 4-week “vacation” we’re taking you behind the scenes again this week to share the nitty gritty logistics of HOW this will all work. 
     
    What are the rules for this maternity leave / vacation? 
    How will the team handle things on the day-to-day while Adrienne is away?
    Will they be able to reach out if they need something? 
    What happens to your clients during this time? 
    How do you handle areas of the business that feel confidential? 
     
    Adrienne is diving into all your questions about her upcoming maternity leave and give you the inside scoop on how a 4-week vacation should work, why it’s not going to go perfectly, and what to do once you return to make things run without you, in perpetuity. 
     
    Share with us on Instagram if you’ve got other ‘behind the scenes’ questions that you’d love for us to answer on an upcoming episode! 

    • 29 min

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