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Get A Grip: How to Get Everything You Want from Your Entrepreneurial Business Paperback – April 8, 2014
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Dan Sullivan, Founder of Strategic Coach®
Over the years I’ve heard countless testimonials from entrepreneurs who swear by Gino Wickman’s first book, Traction, but only after reading Get A Grip did I see clearly how implementing his Entrepreneurial Operating System could truly transform a business and put it on the road to greatness. This book will change your companyand your life.”
Bo Burlingham, Editor-at-Large of Inc. magazine, Author of Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big
About the Author
The product of an entrepreneurial household, Mike Paton has spent much of his 30-year career helping hundreds of entrepreneurs get what they want from their businesses. He ran or helped run four entrepreneurial companies before discovering the Entrepreneurial Operating System(r) (EOS). Drawn to its simple, timeless concepts and practical, real-world tools, Paton quickly decided to devote himself to helping other business owners and leaders master this complete "way of operating" an entrepreneurial organization. Since then he's conducted more than 400 full-day EOS sessions for the leadership teams of more than 60 companies, and has helped thousands more business leaders clarify, simplify, and achieve their vision by delivering dynamic keynote talks and interactive workshops."
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I am excited to get my company and my management team connected with my own vision and to get them helping us grow to the organization I have dreamed of. I am also looking to fill the role of Integrator as I, the Visionary, have been the Right Person, Wrong Seat.
Thanks Gino Wickman for your wise counsel.
If you have not read Traction, I highly recommend it. Traction lays out the EOS philosophy and process in a straightforward manner.
In the book, Get a Grip, Gino Wickman and Mike Paton, share the concepts of Traction by telling the story of a fictional company which is struggling because of operational issues. By applying the EOS operating principles, the company is able to dramatically change.
For those who have trouble visualizing theoretical concepts put into action, Get a Grip solves that problem. When reading about the concepts, it is easy to think that applying the concepts is an easy, somewhat magical process. The truth is that in most businesses, there are many topics which people are reluctant to openly discuss. Get a Grip shows the messy, tension filled process of open and honest dialogue.
It is highly unlikely that any company would be able to implement the EOS concepts and transform their business with the help of an outside facilitator.
If you are considering becoming an EOS implementor or thinking that the EOS system might help your business, reading this book would give you a healthy dose of what it is like going through the process.
I was pleasantly surprised by the storytelling, too. I feared that it might be a "nice try" kind of story, but it was well written and kept me interested all the way through.
I can see re-reading sections of the book as we tackle our own implementation as an inspirational primer for each component.
Plus, I've never read a business book in the form of a fable. It's easier to remember important concepts when you can remember the associated story. I have a lot of hope as a fledgling business owner, there is a way to work ON my business rather than IN my business...and actually enjoy the process.
Read this book!
We deployed EOS with the author, Mike Paton, as our "implementer" and everything got better. Our problems didn't go away magically, but we were so much better equipped to deal with them.
Top international reviews
It's an easy read, and whilst it has it's own nomenclature, if you've read any other business development books you'll be able to transpose certain concepts/names/descriptions. The trick isn't recognising the things that are going on/wrong, or the tools used to fix them; it's physically doing stuff about it.
I decided to get the entire team (we're small) a copy of the book, and then to engage with a business coach to ensure we check in regularly to hit our rocks (milestones). It's a good book if you're getting to a stage of feeling overwhelmed by it all, and want a direction or pathway to go down. There are other books out there, but this one hit the spot for me.
I found the book useful and insightful. However there were too many acronyms that weren't expanded enough times ... I didn't discover what V/TO was for a long time after seeing it, and quickly forgot what IDS stood for.
It describes the EOS system well, but also adds some of the real-life issues you will deal with while implementing it.