80 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
    • 4.8 • 39 Ratings

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!

    Employing the next generation with Danielia Barron

    Employing the next generation with Danielia Barron

    Focusing our attention + efforts on recruiting, employing and retaining the next generation is where our businesses are going. So what do we need to know to hire amazing Millennial and Gen Z team members and create an environment and company culture where they thrive and bring immense value to your team?
     
    On this episode of the Run Like Clockwork podcast, Adrienne talks with Danielia Barron about best practices when hiring the next generation of talent. Daniela is the newest coach addition to Team RLC and brings a wealth of experience from the non-profit and family camp world on staff + program development and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).
     
    What does it take to get amazing talent into your company and keep them? And how do you compete with larger corporations when it comes to employing talent? Adrienne + Danielia really dig in!



    Topics Danielia + Adrienne discuss on this episode:
     
    Values + traits of next generation team members (Millennials + Gen Z) What the next generation is looking for in a company culture The importance of autonomy for Clockworking + the recruitment + retention of next generations The benefit of practices that are centered on diversity, equity + inclusion   
    As a small business, it can be challenging or even impossible to compete with larger corporations when it comes to recruiting talent if only based on money. However, there are many things that rank higher than money for Millennials + Gen Z that can give you a competitive advantage: meaning, social justice, doing something that does good in the world, authenticity, autonomy, and flexibility.
     
    There was such a great conversation and one that’s needed within all businesses as well for continued growth! Let us know what resonated most with you!! Tag us on Instagram @rlclockwork 
     
    And as always, we’re continuing the conversation over in our free Run Like Clockwork Community! We’d love to hear your Clockwork questions!
     
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    • 41 min
    It’s not a race with Lilly Ferrick

    It’s not a race with Lilly Ferrick

    You are exactly where you need to be - in business and life. It’s not a race. You don’t need to hustle 24/7. You don’t need to compare your current chapter with someone else’s. Your journey is yours.
     
    We are very straightforward about Clockwork not being a quick fix. It’s a process. A process that we’re here to support all our clients with through it all, which is so rewarding!
     
    This week on the Run Like Clockwork podcast, Lilly Ferrick, self-proclaimed Clockwork evangelist, shares how realizing Clockwork is not a race helped her create systems + hire team members at a steady pace. No burnout. No more working weekends. 
     
    Topics Lilly + Emily discuss in this episode:
    Recognizing the business season you’re in and how to leverage it Introducing a new hire to Clockwork The power of knowing you are exactly where you need to be Why Lilly calls Clockwork a game-changer  
    Take a deep breath. Listen to the episode. Gain some perspective on your vision ahead. Then focus on the step in front of you.
     
    Let us know what resonated most with you!! Tag us on Instagram @rlclockwork 
     
    And as always, we’re continuing the conversation over in our free Run Like Clockwork Community! We’d love to hear your Clockwork questions!
     
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    • 30 min
    Clockworking Content with Lacy Boggs

    Clockworking Content with Lacy Boggs

    What’s holding you back from delegating your content?
     
    There are many reasons we hear from our Clockwork clients as to why they “can’t” delegate their content:
    Only I can write what’s in my head No one else will sound like me My audience is used to hearing from me I’m the face/voice of my company I don’t have the budget  
    Our guest today on the Run Like Clockwork podcast, Lacy Boggs, totally gets it. As the Director of the Content Direction Agency, she has worked with hundreds of personality-driven businesses to help them get their content writing and marketing off of their plates with confidence.
     
    Topics Lacy + Adrienne discuss in this episode:
    What is a personality-driven brand? How does a personality-driven brand business clockwork their content off their plate? What is a brand voice + why does it matter when delegating content? Questions to ask when hiring a copywriter Repurposing content as a strategy when clockworking First steps for hiring a copywriter + content strategist  
    Lacy has written content for Run Like Clockwork for years and is a Clockwork client as well - so who better to drop?! I know you are going to get so many valuable tips on Clockworking your content from this episode! You can also connect with Lacy directly here.
     
    What is your biggest challenge when it comes to delegating content? Let us know! Tag us on Instagram @rlclockwork + @lacylu42
     
    And as always, we’re continuing the conversation over in our free Run Like Clockwork Community! We’d love to hear your Clockwork questions!
     
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    • 47 min
    A tale of 4 maternity leaves with Katie Proctor

    A tale of 4 maternity leaves with Katie Proctor

    Each season of your life requires something different from your business. Each season of your business requires something different from your life.
     
    Assessing your capacity in each season and setting up your systems and strategic hires to support your life + business in that season is what Clockwork helps you do.
     
    This week on the Run Like Clockwork podcast, Clockwork rockstar, Katie Proctor, shares a tale of 4 maternity leaves. Before Clockwork, Katie Proctor and Elle Queen, Co-Founders of Wellevation HQ, each took a maternity leave. Now they are each taking their second maternity leave back to back after having Clockworked their business through the Accelerator program. Their experiences during their first and second maternity leaves are drastically different...for the better now!
     
    Topics Katie + Adrienne discuss in this episode:
    How the experience of their first maternity leaves differs from their second How the right hire can change everything Taking capacity into consideration when defining the vision for your company and future growth Making the decision to focus on one bottleneck at a time The importance of metrics and the data-driven approach of Clockwork  
    We are so honored that Clockwork is “sanity-saving” (Katie’s words) for Ellie + Katie and played such a vital role in helping them feel confident during their maternity leaves, knowing their business + team is running without them while they enjoy their baby snuggles.
     
    What is this season of your life requiring of your business right now? How can you take into consideration your capacity to inform what systems + hires you need right now? Let us know! Tag us on Instagram @rlclockwork
     
    And as always, we’re continuing the conversation over in our free Run Like Clockwork Community! We’d love to hear your Clockwork questions and see your digital declutter projects!
     
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    • 42 min
    Digital Decluttering

    Digital Decluttering

    How long does it take for you or your team member to find something? Are they in places that are easy to find? Or does it take 45 minutes to find the exact thing you’re looking for. This is quite common, especially in this digital era we live in, when it’s easier to just create a new document or video… but then the old, outdated one is still living somewhere, taking up digital space and causing confusion. 
     
    This can actually be a huge inefficiency to your business. Think about it, if it takes someone on your team 5 minutes to find something, it’s all good. But if it takes 45 minutes to dig around, that’s costing you money and creating frustration.
     
    On this episode of the Run Like Clockwork podcast, Adrienne talks about digital clutter as a major source of inefficiency in business. Since being a Lean Six Sigma expert in her corporate/large manufacturing career, she has adapted the principals + tools for efficiency in small businesses.
     
    Topics Adrienne covers in this episode:
    The cost of clutter How to apply the Lean Six Sigma system called 5S to your digital + physical world Elaborates on the 5S’s: Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, Sustain How to use the Clockwork ACDC framework for organizing  
    What’s at stake if you don’t set up and sustain a digital system? Well, you waste time and money, and cause a lot of stress + frustration by not having efficient systems to keep you and your team organized and standardized.
     
    Bonus tip: it does not have to be you setting up and maintaining the systems. You could assign it to a team member. #winning
     
    Let us know how it goes! We’d love some screenshots of your digital or physical space. We love peeking at the backends of businesses. Tag us on Instagram @rlclockwork
     
    And as always, we’re continuing the conversation over in our free Run Like Clockwork Community! We’d love to hear your Clockwork questions and see your digital declutter projects!
     
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    • 21 min
    How to convince your team to Clockwork

    How to convince your team to Clockwork

    Excited to Clockwork your business… then discover you have a team member resistant to it? Yeah, super common. So how do you get your team on-board and convince them of the benefits of Clockworking?
     
    On this Team Takeover episode of the Run Like Clockwork podcast, Emily, Erica, and Gabbi talk about how to convince your team to Clockwork. 
     
    Topics covered on this episode:
    Laying the foundation when hiring new team members The mindset shift you need to make as a CEO to overcome resistance Communicating the benefits to the team member How to find what motivates your team members The connection between everyone working in your zone of genius and buy-in Valuing continuous improvement as a team Changing resistance to curiosity  
    There are so many benefits for your team members to Clockwork: they get to operate in autonomy + with authority, and operate with clear expectations and outcomes. Everyone is set up to win. Communicating the benefits is key.
     
    We would love to hear what resonated most with you! Tag us on Instagram @rlclockwork
     
    And as always, we’re continuing the conversation over in our free Run Like Clockwork Community! We’d love to hear your Clockwork questions!
     
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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Allison Hardy ,

My new favorite!

I’ve read the Clockwork book and now I’m OB-SESSED with this podcast! Such easy, actionable tips to help us run our businesses more efficiently and streamlined. Thank you!

JoeTCP ,

Excellent resource

As a small business owner I’ve found Mike’s books incredible when it comes to helping me make my business more efficient. The Clockwork book and podcast are no exception. Ive read and listened to the book and started the process of Clockworking my business. The podcast gives even more tips and examples. I highly recommend the book and the podcast.

TheAlexBeadon ,

This podcast is GOLD for a small business owner!

I’m always looking to improve myself as a small business owner especially when it comes to operations and running my biz in a way that gives me more time, space and breathing room to enjoy life! ✨ I love this show and all of the goodness it offers! THANK YOU ADRIENNE AND MIKE! 💕🙌🏼👏🏼

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