Awake Restaurants Testimonial: “Focusing on Facts”

As a family run, locally owned restaurant business, my son and wife and I all play various roles.  We needed to find a way to sort out who did what within the organization and to have it all make sense.

Discovering EOS

Through Michael Visentine and his New Paradigm Advisors team, we discovered a methodology known as the Entrepreneurial Operating System or EOS.  I had been exposed to EOS before, but Michael really pulled it all together for us and made it a practical solution.

A Way to Focus

EOS really helped us focus as a team.  Since our team really has multiple personalities, EOS gave us a disciplined success model to help us stay on course.  The model takes personal feelings out of the dialog and focuses on facts and people to grow the business.  And that is critical in a family owned business.  The EOS tools were great:

  • Three- and ten-year plans
  • Weekly meetings
  • Regular discussion of quarterly and annual objectives (or “rocks”)

Great Results

Now we actively meet weekly.  There we review our “rocks” on the list of things to complete in a concise and solution-focused way.

We are grateful to the New Paradigm Advisors team for the education and ongoing support!

Rob Colarossi

Owner Awake (formerly The Egg & I) and Dairy Queen Restaurants

PE Maynard and Associates Testimonial: “Physician, Heal Thyself”

We all learn something from all of our collective experiences. Each new story adds to our own story. And, quite honestly, the stories of our clients become our stories, too.

My case in point is my friend, Dave Sykes.

Dave and I have been friends and taken turns being client-supplier to one another for most of the past 10 years. We met at a chamber of commerce meeting a number of years back and we’ve been friends—and business associates—ever since.

Take a Look at New Paradigm Advisors

Dave’s most recent business incarnation is New Paradigm Advisors. It is a business consulting firm specializing in helping clients (business owners) find freedom in running their business, determine the value of that business and then crafting a future for their business—and them.

What I find interesting in my business of supporting businesses like New Paradigm Advisors is how much the arc of my business fits with what they are providing. In the case of NPA, two things have happened:
1. My business grows and shapes itself to fit their needs as they grow and change.
2. I find that, if I stand in the right place, I could be their client as well.

Take the Value Builder’s Assessment

That last point became really evident to me as, in the interest of getting to know my client, I took his Value Builder’s Assessment. Here I thought I was doing my homework and, lo and behold, I was assessing my company and its direction. Sly, those NPA guys!

Seriously, the VB assessment allowed me to take a snapshot of my business and start a dialogue around my company’s past, present and future.

I was looking inward instead of outward.

In a Unique Position

I admit I am in a special and somewhat unique position in that I have a supplier-client relationship with these guys. However, that really should be how all of us interact with our clients –and suppliers—on a regular basis.

Isn’t it?

The bottom line is that if you are looking for a business consultancy to help you be free of “the chains” of your company, understand and set its value and then plot and plan an appropriate future, New Paradigm Advisors gets my vote–I’ve seen them in action.  It should get yours, too.

Paul E. Maynard, The Relentless Networker

A Testimonial: Kevin Wallace, AIA

Recently, my colleague, Kevin Wallace, provided this testimonial for me.


If you’re anything like me, you have a problem with consultants. They are a dime a dozen. They come in and tell you what you already know, suggest what you should do or could do to make it better, and then collect a check while you’re left with an expensive report – and still no one to execute it.

Fortunately, this is not Dave’s approach.  Just the opposite, in fact.

If you’re not ready to execute your strategic plan, you can expect him to fire you – not the other way around. So, if you’re ready to be held accountable to the strategy and actions necessary to achieve your next major leap in business, then hire Dave.

If you are ready to actually change and really grow and develop your business then hire Dave. He will help you lay out your plan for success and, more importantly, hold you accountable to the actions and changes necessary to achieve your plan. Dave’s too experienced to waste your time or his.

If you want success and are truly prepared to change and are looking for a partner willing to demand it of you, then engaging Dave is a great investment of both your time and money.

Kevin L Wallace