Stop making plans & thrive in the chaos

A recap of the March Sunrise Scrambler

Many would be hard pressed to find a leadership model that exceeds that of the United States Marine Corps. And many of the USMC leadership principles can also be applied in business and in life. Richard Rierson, ten-year USMC vet and founder of Dose of Leadership, spoke about this concept at our March Sunrise Scrambler when he presented “Closing the Gap Between Strategic Development & Strategic Execution.” We have outlined some of his main points below.

Richard Rierson

           Richard Rierson

  • USMC Philosophies – train everyone to act as a leader, make decisions from the bottom up, ask for forgiveness instead of permission, and learn to thrive within chaos. These are also good philosophies for business leaders to adopt.
  • There is no such thing as a perfect plan. Focusing on detail and control is not the answer. Instead, we should focus on aligning our teams on working toward clear outcomes. It is not about working on a plan; it is working toward the desired outcome.
  • Focusing on clarity and alignment leads to an intelligent organization with engaged and high-performing teams.
  • You cannot over communicate your organization’s desired outcomes.
  • Give your people the tools, time and support they need to succeed. Define boundaries then get out of the way.
  • You can have a decent strategy and a great culture and succeed every time. But if you have a great strategy and a negative culture, failure is inevitable. “Culture eats strategy for lunch every single day.”

You can follow Richard on Twitter @DoseofLeader, and you view his full presentation here.

See photos from the Sunrise Scrambler on our Facebook page, and see conversation from the event on Twitter using #chamberict.

Special thanks to our Sunrise Scrambler sponsors: Legacy Bank, Holiday Inn Wichita East, and Davis-Moore Autogroup.

Registration is now open for our next Sunrise Scrambler on April 16, when a panelist of our 2015 Small Business Awards finalists will share what has made their organizations unique and successful. Please join us to support small business!

2015 Small Business of the Year finalists announced

The 2015 Small Business of the Year finalists were announced last night at a Metro Mingle event. This is the eleventh year for the program, which is presented by the 2014 award recipients: Balco, Inc. and Icon Structures Inc.

In addition to offering well-deserved recognition to small businesses for their achievements and contributions to our community, the Small Business Award program provides owners and their employees the opportunity to showcase their company, share their story, and be rewarded for their efforts.

“Our focus in 2015 is on growing jobs in our region,” Chamber President Gary Plummer said. “Small businesses are at the heart of job growth, both here and across the nation. It’s a wonderful time to be recognizing the outstanding small businesses that are creating jobs and making Wichita a stronger community. Congratulations to each of these finalists.”

2015 Finalists
Advanced Mobile Healthcare
After Hours Auto Repair
Building Controls and Services Inc.
Chance Rides Manufacturing, Inc.
Cornerstone Design and Development, Inc.
Crave Beauty Academy
Legacy Bank
McClelland Sound Inc.
Zernco, Inc.

Ninety-four small businesses were nominated for the award, and twenty completed the application process. The finalists will be featured at a Sunrise Scrambler event on April 16, and an Awards Luncheon will be held on May 13 to announce this year’s winners.

See photos from the Metro Mingle event here.

More information and a complete list of past winners can be found at

2015 Finalists with Chamber President Gary Plummer

2015 Finalists with Chamber President Gary Plummer