For 30 years, EO has been led by countless members who have volunteered their time to help strengthen the organization. Each year, thousands more do the same through the Path of Leadership (PoL) program, which equips members with the tools, knowledge and networks they need to grow as leaders. In this special interview, EO South Australia’s DAVID BARTHOLOMEUSZ, a longtime member leader and EO Accelerator trailblazer, opens up about his PoL journey, finding his purpose as a leader and giving back to get ahead.
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By James Ashcroft, founder of Life Safety Management, Inc.
As a busy entrepreneur, I’m always looking for new ways to strengthen my business and improve my management of it. And if I can learn some game-changing leadership skills along the way, even better! In the spirit of continued learning, I would like to share five books that may challenge your thinking and positively impact the way you run your business:
THE SCORE TAKES CARE OF ITSELF by Bill Walsh
When head coach Bill Walsh took over the San Francisco 49ers, they were the worst football team in the NFL. Within two years, they had won the Super Bowl.
How? Bill Walsh implemented a system with clear processes that outlined how everyone from the office receptionist to the starting quarterback did their job.
No detail was too small and positive thinking was paramount. He preached, “Champions act like champions before they are champions.” All businesses should
be built with a similar mindset. Companies should have clear systems and processes to achieve winning outcomes. You’ll be hardpressed to find a better leadership example than Bill Walsh.
By Heather Baker, EO Cape Town
MEDITATION. I try to meditate on a daily basis. Taking the time first thing in the morning to sit quietly and follow your breath, even if it’s just for five minutes, can make for a calm and productive day.
GRATITUDE. I made a list of everything my business has done for me to remind myself how much I have to be grateful for. For example, I can take my dog to work. I saved this list in Evernote so I can refer back to it whenever I feel overwhelmed or resentful.
PERSPECTIVE. Thinking of the worst thing that can happen puts things in perspective for me. If TopLine were to close its doors tomorrow, I’d still have my health, family education and home. These things are far more important than a business success or failure.
Heather Baker is the founder and CEO of TopLine Comms.
By Marisa S. White, owner and founder of White Sparks Photography
What skills guarantee entrepreneurial success? I’m sure many CEOs or analysts have identified the “secret sauce.” I could draw a Venn diagram with circles of business prodigies, and within the intersections, words like “optimism,” “grit” and “focus” would certainly serve as a foundation of survival in an ever- changing economy. As someone who has operated three unique business models, my most lucrative skill has become adaptability. Considering my line of work, it’s not hard to understand why.
I am an artist who chose to pursue individual conceptual work after having owned both a payroll-service bureau and a portrait photography business. How did that happen? Suddenly, then slowly. These two specialties might not seem related in terms of the skills necessary to be financially successful, but in my entrepreneurial career they were logical stepping stones, each serving as an opportunity to build my portfolio and prepare me for the transition I’m currently electing to explore.
By Salar Salahshoor, founder and CEO of Turnclick
When I first started thinking about selling my business, my biggest concern was that it would be hard to find a good suitor given the relatively small size of my company. I worried the process would be a big distraction and complete waste of time. I couldn’t have been more wrong. This is the story of how I sold my digital-marketing agency, Only Sky, in less than one month by connecting the dots between EO and the EO Accelerator program, which I am a member of in San Francisco.
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