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The 7-Folder System with Gary Bizzo

System Execution Episode 2: Gary Bizzo

System Execution explores the strategy and system behind today’s successful companies. Systems can make or break a company but here we’ll solve physical, technological, and psychological systems issues by connecting listeners with experts who have overcome these challenges in their business.

 

Gary Bizzo is an expert in business. He has been a mentor for 1,000+ business entrepreneurs and in 2013 authored his book “How to Start a Successful Business – The First Time.” He founded his company, Kickstart Business Catalyst, to help young entrepreneurs incubate and accelerate their businesses.

 

“I’ve been involved with startups probably since 2000, so it’s been quite the ride,” Bizzo said.

 

Bizzo talked to SE about his business strategy execution, and says execution is all based on results. He was advised by a friend that a business will grow and succeed if you plan and place systems with the mindset that your business will be big.

Bizzo says he chose business strategy execution as his area of focus because it is at the core of the company and drives sales. He has eight partners in the company, and they had to come up with a system to be on the same page.

 

“Everything has to be very concise, and since we’re working with finance, there’s a lot of securities, requirements, legal, so it took us about a month and a half just to come up with the folders,” he said. “It sounds crazy, but everything has to be very succinct and planned to a point where you’re not wasting any time and everybody’s on the same page.”

 

To keep up with the chaotic demands, Bizzo and his partners came up with a simple seven-folder system. The files are broadly defined, such as “HR,” or “Finance,” but Bizzo says it’s kept all of them on the same page. 

Each (digital) folder includes an Excel sheet with a breakdown of tasks and deadlines. The team reviews the tasks through bi-weekly Skype meetings.

Still to be figured out is a better calendar scheduling tool. Google Calendars works for them at the moment, Bizzo says, but he hopes to find something better.

 


To contact Gary Bizzo:

Email: ceo@garybizzo.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gary.bizzo

Twitter: https://twitter.com/garybizzo

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mentorbizzo/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/garybizzo/

Website: http://garybizzo.com/

 

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Vera Fischer

By Vera Fischer

The visionary of 97 Degrees West for more than thirteen years, Vera has served as the CEO and President since 2004. During Vera’s tenure, the agency has achieved steady growth while surviving both economic recessions in Austin, Texas. Vera began her advertising career at GSD&M where she worked on accounts: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Houston Rockets, Dollar Rent-A-Car, Pearl Vision, SeaWorld and DoubleTree Hotels. Her next stop was the nationally recognized T3 known as “The Think Tank.” While at T3, Vera spearheaded the Dell Computers launch of the Preferred Accounts Division and lead national projects for the ESL and Enterprise Divisions. Other notable accounts included Quintiles Oncology, Austin Lyric Opera and St. David’s Hospital. In 2001, Vera left the agency world to embark on the client side as Director of Marketing for Forgent Networks, the software spin-off of VTEL video conferencing. Vera managed an annual multi-million dollar marketing budget, developed online lead generation programs, managed the inside sales team and consistently delivered high-quality MQLs to the sales team. In 2004, after a company wide re-org, Vera was laid off while on maternity leave. Within the day, she founded her agency, 97 Degrees West. Vera’s weekly podcast entitled, “System Execution”, launched in mid-2016 with notable guests like Ari Weinzweig, Jeff Smith, Gary Bizzo, Dr. Alan Pitt, and other business and thought leaders. Vera is the first woman to host a podcast devoted to systems and processes of successful companies. She is quickly becoming one of the country’s leading authorities on the topic of execution Vera is a member of the Austin University Area Rotary Club, an advisory board member for the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Texas State University and a Mentor at Capital Factory in Austin, Texas. Vera is completing her Master’s in Strategic Communications at Texas State University in May 2018.