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Longtime entrepreneur and scaling coach George Morris joins Jim Barnish on this episode to discuss what it takes to build teams of A players who will scale and grow your business.

As a founder you likely have some employees who helped you in the startup stage, but will they grow with you beyond that stage? How do you separate the A players and build around them?

As you scale, you will have to define who does what and delegate responsibilities. How do you identify and assign your core functions and processes to grow smart?

Tune into this episode as George and Jim explore all those questions, and hear his lengthy but amazing recommended reading list. 

Key Takeaways

  • Learn the difference between abdicating your responsibility as a founder, and delegating responsibilities to the people who will do it right.
  • Build around your A players. They’re the ones who step up and hold themselves and the organization accountable for the work being completed.
  • Learn how to compartmentalize work with your personal life. It does not need to be separated (as many people think), but they should be integrated cohesively. 

From this Episode:

Operators get tired, business owners get rich.

George Morris

Entrepreneur & Scaling Up Coach

ABOUT OUR GUEST

George Morris is a Certified Scaling Up Coach and lifelong entrepreneur. He found success running his digital agency, Imulus. Co-Founded TEDxBoulder, is a Techstars Alumni, Mentor at the Founders Institute, and former President of the Entrepreneur Organization, Colorado Chapter. 

George has walked the entrepreneur's journey from zero business experience and starting up during awful economic conditions in the dotcom crash, to building a best place to work and a fastest growing company. He happily shares his mistakes and lessons learned with his coaching clients. George is adamant that business fundamentals unlock the potential of teams and organizations. Too many times, companies pile on unnecessary tasks, projects, and systems that slow down their growth. He helps companies shed organizational debt to accelerate their growth by focusing on the goals and the actions needed to get there. 

He lives just outside of Boulder, Colorado with his two kids and can often be found riding his bikes on the mountain roads.

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Show Notes

Longtime entrepreneur and scaling coach George Morris joins Jim Barnish on this episode to discuss what it takes to build teams of A players who will scale and grow your business.

As a founder you likely have some employees who helped you in the startup stage, but will they grow with you beyond that stage? How do you separate the A players and build around them?

As you scale, you will have to define who does what and delegate responsibilities. How do you identify and assign your core functions and processes to grow smart?

Tune into this episode as George and Jim explore all those questions, and hear his lengthy but amazing recommended reading list. 

Key Takeaways

  • Learn the difference between abdicating your responsibility as a founder, and delegating responsibilities to the people who will do it right.
  • Build around your A players. They’re the ones who step up and hold themselves and the organization accountable for the work being completed.
  • Learn how to compartmentalize work with your personal life. It does not need to be separated (as many people think), but they should be integrated cohesively. 

Resources

George's website

George's LinkedIn

The Art of Manliness podcast

Recommended reading list from George Morris

The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

Topgrading by Brad and Geoff Smart

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni

The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber

The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday

Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holidy

Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink

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