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Select The Right People – Zappos “Are You Lucky?”

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Feb 6, 2014

What I’ve written about Zappos Core Values before bears repeating.  We’ll examine using Core Values in your hiring and selection process focusing on a specific value that Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos is particularly fond of. 

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Core Values, Zappos, hiring decisions, Mono Somy 7, Michelle Wick

First Monday of New Year – Business Growth: Survive & Thrive in 2014

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jan 6, 2014

It’s the first Monday of 2014!  David Allen, author of Getting Things Done and past Fortune/Gazelles Growth Summit speaker, recommends this day (or possibly another between Christmas and the New Year) as an excellent day to clean out your office, getting rid of anything you haven’t used in the past year. 

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Business Growth, Core Purpose, Bone Marrow Transplant, Seven Strata of Strategy, Stockdale Paradox, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose, Joe Dispensa

Discover Leading Indicators in Weekly Meetings

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Nov 18, 2013

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Customer Feedback, Employee Feedback, weekly meetings, leading indicators, Bone Marrow Transplant, GVHD, Relationship Drivers

Balance – Optimism and Facing the Brutal Facts

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Oct 28, 2013

Working with our client’s one critical element to make sure a business does not get out of balance is making sure when you choose your priorities you balance your productivity measures with a people or relationship measurement.    It’s your critical number that assures your effort to build more productivity doesn’t hurt the relationships with your customers, employees or shareholders.

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, One Thing, Process/Productivity Drivers, People/Relationship Drivers, Mono Somy 7, Balance, Balanced Metrics, Michelle Wick

Three Proven Business (& Personal) Success Principles

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Oct 21, 2013

Routine Sets You Free!  

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Business Growth, Strategic Discipline, Business Priorities, Business Vision, Businesss Disciplines, Bone Marrow Transplant

Finding the Energy to Defeat Cancer – Purpose

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Oct 10, 2013

Almost two years ago I sat in a hospital room with my wife, my oldest son, and Dr Zenk.  Dr. Zenk gave me the news that I had Acute Myeloid Leukemia.  He was as direct as he could possibly be.  He explained that I would need chemotherapy treatment and if successful a bone marrow transplant.  He noted that typically patients who undergo this type of treatment are out of work a year or more.   He didn’t need to explain that treatment would be expensive. The thought of being out of work for a year, as the sole wage earner for my family, set me back.  How would my family survive?  How would I feel knowing the impossible challenge I’d just put my family in? I was devastated! I cannot recall ever feeling so low. 

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, employee engagement, employee performance, Core Purpose, Bone Marrow Transplant, The Power of Full Engagement, Michelle Wick

T-Day – Don’t Forget the Importance of Employee Recognition

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Sat, Sep 7, 2013

Too often we get so involved in our business working to get ahead that we forget to celebrate moments of victory.  We don’t take time to reflect on what we accomplish.  We miss moments of renewal, celebration, and recognition.  These are valuable reminders of our success.  These raise morale, help us to pause and reflect on what it takes to achieve.  These are moments to shine the spotlight on people who have gone beyond normal dedication and commitment to achieve remarkable performance.

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Employee Recognition, positive reinforcement, Bone Marrow Transplant, Michelle Wick

Another Stockdale Paradox

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jul 1, 2013

Life isn’t fair, so get over it.

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Stockdale Paradox

Positive Reinforcement – What & How You Say It (Biopsy Results)

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Mar 4, 2013

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, employee engagement, Employee Recognition, positive reinforcement, Q12, Gallup's Q12 Employee Engagement Survey

Measurable Results – One Year

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Feb 25, 2013

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Topics: Discipline, Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Strategic Discipline, Bone Marrow Transplant, Graft-Versus-Host Disease, Michelle Wick

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