Tag Archives: systems mindset

by Josh Fonger Bottlenecking, or preventing a company from growing into the success it could be, is a common pitfall among business owners. When coaching a recent client I asked, “What three roadblocks will I encounter when implementing documented systems into your business?” the three answers I got back were humbly honest and signified a […]

Note: Readership of this blog stretches to over 150 countries and as we prepared to post this particular essay I realized the message is most applicable to parents in the western world…parents who have the time and money to over-complicate things. In much of the developing world where basic survival is the challenge, parents will viscerally understand this mechanical sensibility because […]

Introduction to Sam Carpenter’s new book,  The Systems Mindset You want control of your life. Most people don’t master this skill, and so they struggle. In these pages I want to convince you that your life is not an endless stream of erratic occurrences. Rather, that it’s a finite collection of logical, individual systems that […]

Two days ago I submitted the manuscript of my new book to my publisher, Greenleaf Book Group. The title is The Systems Mindset: Managing the Machinery of Your Life. Now in the final stages of copy-editing, it’s due for publication in late October. Because I own the manuscript I’m able to distribute it myself, in conjunction […]

  (This is an excerpt from my book Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less.) Back in the mid-80’s, I was an inspector working with construction crews that build overhead transmission lines. Following detailed written designs and carefully surveyed routes, the crews use massive crane trucks to insert enormous seventy-eighty-foot wood poles […]

I am not one to challenge the status quo just because it’s the status quo. I’m not a drone, either. But most times I find the status quo is correct as-is, and I attribute this to simple cause-and-effect: Whatever a particular accepted status quo happens to be, it’s probably that way because that’s what has worked […]

A business writer can get all wrapped up in analogy and metaphor and I try to avoid going down that road too far, but the dog-and-tail comparison is too vivid not to exploit.  In this post I build around the premise that the most important leadership tasks are to establish clear direction for the organization and then to convince […]

(Go here to read the Introduction to the series.) The Point of Sale concept is integral to the nine other Systems Mindset concepts that will follow. Ultimately, getting solid control of one’s life is the goal and the Point of Sale posture is an essential ingredient in pulling that off…. Point of Sale The Point of Sale (POS) principle has always been […]