Sloppy Leadership, Music School Growth, and Smart KPIs [7FMS Ep. #83]

by Daniel Patterson


Over the years, I’ve heard a phrase over and over again…

“I wish there was just a step-by-step guide to building my music studio.”

“I just want someone to tell me what to do.”

Good news… there’s a book that gives you a “tactical guide to building a company.”

It’s short, it’s sweet… and it’s the topic of today’s episode.

The Great CEO Within by Matt Mochary is the “step-by-step” guide that so many small business owners say that they want.

Click below to hear our big takeaways from this great book:



Or, check out the video version of the podcast:


Here’s what we cover in the episode:

  • Step-by-step plan for music school management
  • Making clear business agreements
  • Strong teamwork habits & group decision-making
  • Developing a solid infrastructure (goal tracking, KPIs)
  • Implementing KPIs for better decisions
  • Understanding KPIs’ impact on school health
  • Simple habits that create huge results
  • Final takeaways: grow with clarity & accountability

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Daniel Patterson is a private teacher, writer, and marketing consultant for music schools. He began teaching in 2004. He co-founded and led marketing operations for a summer music camp that sees over 200 children each summer.

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