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The right systems set your company up to thrive—even when you're not there.

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Now is the time for systems

The world is experiencing a seismic shift, and it’s affecting businesses of all sizes—including ours. An email from a business I follow, sent on March 17, offered a poignant example: Inside the CEO publicly shared a letter to her employees, announcing a minimum 8-week closure of all their stores and a full company...

Tricia Huebner - EMyth

Tricia Huebner

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How to go remote in a hurry: Lessons from an all-remote team

When EMyth went fully remote last year, we had the benefit of time to support our transition—time to research, develop and implement an action plan so that we could be as successful a remote team as we were an on-site team. In this current moment of the coronavirus crisis, when remote working has become at least r...

Christy Miller - EMyth

Christy Miller

How OtterBox broke $1B: Listen on NPR

When Curt Richardson started OtterBox in 1998, he didn’t have a college degree. But that didn’t stop him from building a business that generated $1B in revenue in 2019. Hear how he did it in this inspiring interview on NPR’s How I Built This, with Guy Raz.

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EMyth Team

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Cut the email clutter: 3 simple steps to overhaul your inbox

As the owner-operator of your business, you’re often the first point of contact for anyone trying to connect with any part of your company. So no doubt your inbox is a constant distraction—even a point of overwhelm. And no matter how diligent you are about managing your email, messages can still build up quickly. ...

Kirstin Fulton - EMyth

Kirstin Fulton

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Getting your people behind project management

So, you’ve noticed a lack of clarity and consistency in how projects are managed in your business and taken the essential step of implementing a project management system. Congratulations! Project management systems—and the tools used to execute them—are crucial to ensuring every project you take on in your busine...

Christy Miller - EMyth

Christy Miller

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Leadership is the key to getting the results you want

In this final article on systems development, I want to address the question we get most from our clients when it comes to building systems in their business: where do I begin? In this article, I’ll provide a blueprint for the most important, foundational systems in your business—and the ideal order in which to bu...

Nick Lawler - EMyth

Nick Lawler

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How an operations manual can save your business

During the last long-haul flight I was on, I re-watched Apollo 13 (the one with Tom Hanks as Jim Lovell). Perhaps not the best choice as I was hurtling through the sky at 500 mph in a tin-can myself, but there’s something to be said for the thrill. If you haven’t seen the film, it's based on real-life events and i...

Nick Lawler - EMyth

Nick Lawler

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How can ordinary people create extraordinary results?

This week, I want to share a concept that will help you turn your current business frustrations into operational systems. It’s one small step for you and your team—but it will be one giant leap for your business. There were some days as a business owner when I felt completely consumed by my business. The only thin...

Nick Lawler - EMyth

Nick Lawler

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3, 2, 1, blast off: The growth paradox

In my first article in this series on systems, I introduced the idea that as the owner and entrepreneur in your business, you're also the systems engineer. In this second article, I propose that when building better designed systems solutions to solve frustrations, it’s common to start in the wrong place.

Nick Lawler - EMyth

Nick Lawler

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5 steps for documenting systems

Without documentation, “great systems” are only rough ideas about the way you do things in your business. And all your tasks, functions, processes and procedures—the way that you and your staff habitually do everything—are nothing more than good intentions.

Adam Traub - EMyth

Adam Traub