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Great Execution Won’t Matter Without Effective Strategy – Kaihan Krippendorff, New Orleans ScaleUp Summit

Posted by Douglas Wick on Tue, May 22, 2018

This is not a question of chicken or the egg.

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Topics: OUTTHINK THE COMPETITION, ScaleUp Summit Learning, Outthinker Process, Kaihan Krippendorff, ScaleUp Summit New Orleans 2018

A CEO’s Two Most Important Jobs – New Orleans Scale Up Summit

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, May 21, 2018

The New Orleans ScaleUp Summit 2018 starts Tuesday.  As Gazelles Coaches we always get the first sneak peek at Verne Harnish’s presentation, ahead of business leaders attending the Summit.

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Topics: Effective Leadership, ScaleUp Summit Learning, CEO Leadership Focus, ScaleUp Summit New Orleans 2018

Repeat, Repeat, Repeat – Your Strategy and One Thing

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, May 14, 2018

In business after business, front line employees, don’t know the company’s strategy. 

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Topics: Bringing Out the Best In People, People, consistently execute, Alignment, Execution, Strategy Decision

How to Craft Your Story – The Introvert’s Edge

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, May 7, 2018

There’s a science to why stories resonate, and are remembered.

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Topics: themes, Alignment, Execution, Power of Story, The Introvert's Edge

The Science of A Story – The Introvert’s Edge

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Apr 30, 2018

There’s a method to deliver your message more effectively to your employees, the people you supervise, even your prospects, and customers.

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Topics: Core Values, Alignment, Execution, Power of Story, The Introvert's Edge

How to Develop A Disruptive Business Model The Outthinker Process - 36 Stratagems

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Apr 23, 2018

How does your business innovate?

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Topics: strategy, Strategy Decision, OUTthnkers 5 most common Strategies, Outthinker Process, Kaihan Krippendorff, 8 P's

THE ONE THING Helps an Entrepreneur Sell His Business for a Premium

Posted by Douglas Wick on Fri, Apr 20, 2018

Verne Harnish, Author of Scaling Up, issued our first quarterly magazine, SCALING UP!  I’m honored to be the first coach selected for the Coaches Corner highlight, which features a Gazelles coached customer who achieved success using the Scaling Up/Rockefeller Habits principles.  Printed with permission by the editors of Scaling Up, and Verne Harnish, with special thanks to Elaine Pofeldt, who wrote this article, and is helping me with my book on my cancer journey, here is the article from the first issue of SCALING UP.  You can visit the entire magazine here.

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Topics: priority, Scaling Up Verne Harnish, The One Thing, Pricing, Phil Lieber, P&L Technology

Why Have a 3 – 5 Year Plan?

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Apr 16, 2018

“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Topics: Strategic Planning, 3-5 year plan, OUTTHINK THE COMPETITION, Outthinker Process, Event or Process, Simon Sinek

Balance: People/Relationships and Process/Productivity

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Apr 9, 2018

As an E-Myth Coach (Licensed coach for Michael Gerber’s The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It) for ten years, I quickly recognized in small businesses there were often two kinds of business owners: Objective and those who were Subjective.

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Topics: Balanced Priorities, Process/Productivity Drivers, People/Relationship Drivers, Counter balance, Relationships and Productivity


Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Apr 2, 2018

Ryan Holiday’s The Obstacle is the Way interweaves stories from great historical people sharing stoic disciplines, and three critical steps to overcoming obstacles.

The steps begin with how we look at our specific problems, our attitude or approach; then the energy and creativity with which we actively break them down and turn them into opportunities; finally, the cultivation and maintenance of an inner will that allows us to handle defeat and difficulty.

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Topics: Execution, See Crisis as Opportunity, Perception, Action, Will Disciplines, Ryan Holiday, The Obstacle Is the Way, Forecasting, Super Bowl LII




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