Archive for May 22, 2018

Strengthening our “core”

Most trainers, physical therapists, and other healthcare professionals regularly encourage us to do what it takes to strengthen our core. Why? A strong core leads to better balance and stability. goes as far as saying that “a strong, flexible core underpins almost everything we do.” It impacts every aspect of our lives, including at home, at work, and at play.

Having a strong core also applies to our businesses. A strong core (or foundation) allows us to be more nimble, flexible, and able to better balance all that needs to be done. It is the backbone (pun intended) of an organization.

What is required to build a strong core in your business? Here is a short list:

  • Ensure everyone in the organization has clarity on the priorities
  • Build repeatable processes that are efficient and effective
  • Create a culture of continuous improvement and communication
  • Address those “one-only tasks” that can cripple your organization
  • Move from tribal knowledge to institutional knowledge

Are you unsure how to build this core? My COO Resources can give you the methodology needed to work through those issues. Questions? Do not hesitate to contact me at And check out our blogs and previous newsletters and/or emails at

Let’s go to the gym

Here are some interesting statistics:

  • Eighty percent (yes, that’s 80%) of folks who join a gym in January quit within five months
  • Only half of members go to the gym on a regular basis
  • Gym owners assume that 18% of members will not use it consistently

The benefits to regular physical activity are outstanding. A long list of health experts state that regular exercise leads to a happier, healthier life. The Mayo Clinic lists seven reasons why regular exercise is so important:

  • Controls weight
  • Combats health conditions and diseases
  • Improves mood
  • Boosts energy
  • Promotes better sleep
  • Puts the spark back into your sex live
  • It is fun and social  

So why do the majority of us not exercise regularly? lists a few reasons: we claim we do not have time, there are competing interests, we have not developed the habit, we find it overwhelming, not motivated, or results are not realized quickly.  

Those reasons apply to other areas of our lives that we KNOW we should be doing them, but we are not. This can include anything from avoiding having our teeth cleaned, to addressing business problems, to taking on a home improvement project.

As a business associate recently said, “we find a long list of excuses that keep us from achieving great results.” We miss out on those amazing results because we do not allow ourselves to overcome the reasons, excuses, and obstacles that block our way.

This also applies to not trying or following through with My COO Resources. Our Users consistently tell us that they have found this do-it-yourself interactive, on-line tool to be quite helpful. But some of you are missing out because you are allowing those common obstacles to get in the way to great results.

Do not be the majority. Do not allow common obstacles to get in the way of achieving success.  

Need help getting started (and sticking with) My COO Resources? Do not hesitate to contact me at Also, check out our blogs and previous newsletters and/or emails at