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Every company is a reflection of its leader. What does yours say about you?

Client story: Morgan Spradling

This is a guest post by EMyth client, Morgan Spradling. When I started Highland Cycles in 2007, I wanted to change the way people thought about the motorcycle industry. Over the years, motorcycle repair shops have lost their appeal and have earned a poor reputation. Everyone told me it would be impossible to make ...

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EMyth Team

Not an inspirational leader? Think again.

How do you inspire your people? You can feel they need something. You see them come into work with tired eyes and watch them half-listen during meetings. You know it’s on you to uplift them or bring them more meaning, something to get their head above water and remember why they took a job with your company in the...

Slade Machamer - EMyth

Slade Machamer

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

This is the second installment in helping you develop and design clear systems. Click here for Part 1, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6. “By the end of the decade we will have put a man on the moon and safely returned him to Earth.” —President J.F. Kennedy, 1962 In my first article in this series on systems, I i...

Nick Lawler - EMyth

Nick Lawler

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How to run your business like NASA going to the moon

I can remember watching the moon landings on a black and white television as a young boy and being fascinated by the idea. I’m still young enough at heart to feel excited by big rockets and the notion of space travel. I apologize up-front if space isn’t your thing, but building rockets and flying to the moon is a ...

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Nick Lawler

Struggling to engage your employees? Start here

You call your team together to roll out your strategy for the coming quarter. Everyone gathers around and all eyes are on you. You’ve spent at least forty hours over the last two weeks planning, modeling, forecasting, all in anticipation of this day. OK, take a deep breath, and begin your presentation. Five minute...

Martin Kamenski - EMyth

Martin Kamenski

Episode 9: $5K to $500K: Jeff's turnaround story (Pt. 2) [Podcast]

On It is a monthly podcast where we tell the stories of business owners and how they transformed their companies. Listen to the latest episode on Soundcloud and iTunes. In Part 1 of Jeff Schneider’s turnaround story, his business, Marketing Ninjas, was on the edge of failure. But, Jeff was determined to keep his b...

Martin Kamenski - EMyth

Martin Kamenski

How to avoid vacation hell

Turn a prickly pineapple into the perfect vacation piña colada At well-past closing time, you’re staring at an inbox full of emails. With only a day to go until your vacation, it seems like your “time-off” will be spent dodging phone calls from employees. Looks like the golden sand, palm trees, and blue ocean you’...

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Nick Lawler

Are you social?

What happened over the last ten years? For me, it went from door-to-door salespeople and a mailbox full of advertisements to electronic overload. My gosh, my inbox fills up fast. My Facebook feed runs faster than I can run my fastest mile. My phone battery now dies quicker than ever before, and at times, I want to...

Rachel Clark - EMyth

Rachel Clark

Episode 8: $5K to $500K: Jeff's Turnaround Story (Pt. 1) [Podcast]

On It is a monthly podcast where we tell the stories of business owners and how they transformed their companies. Listen to the latest episode on Soundcloud and iTunes. Jeff Schneider’s business, Marketing Ninjas, was on the brink of failure. He was putting everything he had into it, and getting only chaos in retu...

Martin Kamenski - EMyth

Martin Kamenski

Frustrations are guaranteed. Success isn't.

Frustration is commonly the difference between what you would like to be and what you are willing to sacrifice to become what you would like to be. - Unknown Show me a business owner who hasn’t felt frustrated and I’ll show you someone who is only a few hours into running their business. All business owners know w...

Martin Kamenski - EMyth

Martin Kamenski

Client story: Ravindra Yadav

My dream was to work for the best telecommunication company in India. But after a few years of working for that company, my feelings started to change. Every day I was doing the same thing, always working to get a promotion or a hike in my salary—and I was tired of it. I wanted something different so I started Har...

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EMyth Team

Client story: Ulf Mansson

When I started Lumagate in 2006, it was because I saw a great opportunity in the marketplace. No one was looking to be the best player in Microsoft technology for system management. It’s a niche, focused, industry—but I knew we could do it.

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EMyth Team

Episode 7: Doing the right thing [Podcast]

On It is a monthly podcast where we tell the stories of business owners and how they transformed their companies. Listen to the latest episode on Soundcloud and iTunes. At only 19, Ovid Figueroa opened his roofing business, Serrano II. His strong work ethic showed up everywhere in the business: if it wasn’t done r...

Martin Kamenski - EMyth

Martin Kamenski

5 questions to ask yourself before delegating

Do you ever ask an employee for something you requested several days earlier and get a puzzled look? Or, get the response: “I didn’t know you wanted it today.” Or, even more baffling the employee tells you: “I don’t know how to do that.” These are the kinds of answers that cause many owners to hesitate when delega...

Steve Edkins - EMyth

Steve Edkins