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Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More of What You Want from Your Business Hardcover – April 28, 2015
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Dan Sullivan, President and Founder of Strategic Coach®
"In this brilliant book, Gino Wickman and Mark C. Winters explain the vital importance of having both a visionary and an integratorand show how that relationship can provide the 'rocket fuel' your company needs to achieve its full potential.”
Bo Burlingham, Editor-at-Large of Inc. magazine and author of Small Giants and Finish Big: How Great Entrepreneurs Exit Their Companies on Top
About the Author
Gino Wickman s passion is helping people get what they want from their businesses. To fulfill that passion, Wickman created the Entrepreneurial Operating System(r) (EOS), a holistic system that, when implemented in an organization, helps leaders run better businesses, get better control, have better life balance, and gain more tractionwith the entire organization advancing together as a healthy, functional, and cohesive team. Wickman spends most of his time as an EOS Implementer, working hands-on with the leadership teams of entrepreneurial companies to help them fully implement EOS in their organizations. He is the founder of EOS Worldwide, a growing organization of successful entrepreneurs from a variety of business backgrounds collaborating as certified EOS Implementers to help people throughout the world to experience all the organizational and personal benefits of implementing EOS. He also delivers workshops and keynote addresses.
Mark C. Winters is a seasoned professional with over 25 years of entrepreneurial leadership experience. His companies have ranged from raw startups originally drawn up on a napkin, to multi-billion dollar global enterprises such as Procter & Gamble and British Petroleum. This diverse background enables him to identify and apply patterns of success for virtually any business scenario. Mark's passion is helping entrepreneurs get what they want from their business. As a Certified EOS Implementer, he's actively engaged in helping other entrepreneurs implement EOS in their own companies. His ability to connect and guide CEOs to achieve their desired results is highly respected. Mark is known for pursuing business opportunities related to technology and systems that enable the optimization of human/athletic performance, with a special interest in pattern recognition and scoring methodologies."
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The next piece is of course finding an Integrator. Do you have one internally? If so, are they competent enough to fulfill your vision within your budgetary requirements?
For a founding entrepreneur, or if you're recruiting for an integrator, I do recommend this book. I've handed out multiple copies now when meeting candidates I've been recruiting, so they can see deeper than just a job description. I've actually purchased 10 copies thus far and counting.
Now on the flip side, can a Visionary create a lot of success in a company they started without a True Integrator in place? Absolutely they can, this method just explains how to potentially do it faster and why having a #2 can be better for your personal state of happiness.
Starting and growing a company is HARD work and often requires making a lot of tough decisions, hard enough that most folks fail at it. Picking this book up will give you some good insight into why that might have happened to you previously (if you failed in a previous business venture) and some solid concepts to potentially avoid it from happening again.
The last thing I will say though, I was able to start and run my company without a true integrator (even to this day), but I can see where their value is observed after understanding the relationship better from reading Rocket Fuel.
SPECIFICALLY ROCKET FUEL:
This has been really helpful for my Integrator...I am all in as the high end Visionary, after reading Traction and self implementing EOS Worldwide, I was able to give this book to my Integrator and tell her "Everything in this book is EXACTLY who i want our relationship to develop". I am not making any adjustments, no pride attached, no "but my company is different". This is just another Very important key to our manual for how we run our business. My Integrator has read this, and afterwards she has a complete understanding of her "power" to overrule me when appropriate, and "run the show". I love that this book is there for me to give to my integrator and say "read this, and you will know EXACTLY what I expect from our relationship"
Because he is a Visionary, some of the writing is a little biased towards that role, which is exceedingly unfortunate given the power struggle between Visionaries and Integrators.
Should be required as a starting point for anyone interested in a visionary/integrator implementation.