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Great Performance is 1% vision and 99% alignment – Above the Line

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, May 11, 2017

In Good to Great Jim Collins emphasizes the importance of getting your team aligned to achieve great performance. 

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Topics: People, People Decisions, Alignment, The Right People

Increase Accountability with OKRs – Objectives and Key Results

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Dec 29, 2014

You’re probably familiar with the term KPI’s or Key Performance Indicators.  KPI’s are driven by top-down leadership decisions.  These are the Key Performance Indicators for the company based on the Annual, Quarterly and Trimester planning and strategy meetings businesses have to set direction for the business.

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Topics: Accountability, employee performance, meeting rhythms, Alignment, precision and specificity

Scale up - Mastering the Rockefeller Habits 4 Decisions Workshop

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Oct 23, 2014

Have you considered whether or not your business needs a business coach?  Do you have the right structure for Annual and Quarterly Planning?  What elements of Strategy or Execution can your business do better to achieve increased results?

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Topics: quarterly meetings, Accountability, 4-3-2-1 formula for business growth, Catalyst, Annual Plan, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits, Four Decisions, Alignment

Cascade Your Annual Strategy & Planning

Posted by Douglas Wick on Fri, Dec 20, 2013

92% of CEO’s feel their leadership team can communicate their strategy!  The same survey revealed that only 2% of their leadership team actually could! 

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Topics: quarterly meetings, themes, Annual Plan, One Page Strategic Plan, Alignment, Strategy Statement, 3-5 year plan

Is Meeting a Dirty Word?

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Apr 15, 2013

Is the mood in your company for meetings one of anticipation or aversion? 

A prospect this past week reacted to the suggestion of meetings by indicating they have to be careful in their organization to mention the word meeting.  His people dislike meetings and generally greet them with annoyance and impatience.  It suggests that the meetings they’ve conducted in the past are possibly disorganized, not well prepared, unexciting, lack conflict and do little to energize those participating.  It’s also a reflection of what I believe many businesses suffer from.  They feel meetings are boring, and a necessary evil.

Allow me to reflect on my current condition and place this in perspective.  I’m currently suffering from a condition called dry mouth.  It’s a symptom of Graft Versus Host Disease (GVHD)which can occur after bone marrow transplant for leukemia patients. 

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Topics: meeting rhythms, Patrick Lencioni, meetings, Organizational Health, Alignment, Death by Meeting, Graft-Versus-Host Disease, GVHD

Without Top Priority “Whirlwind” Wins

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Feb 4, 2013

Who is the real enemy of execution?  It’s your day job!

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Topics: Accountability, Strategic Discipline, whirlwind of business, employee performance, Business Dashboards, The Advantage, Alignment, Execution, 4 Disciplines of Execution, business clarity

Six Emotions Build Your Inside Advantage

Posted by Douglas Wick on Sun, Apr 15, 2012

Over the past two weeks Bob Bloom, author of the Inside Advantage and the New Experts met with two of my clients who are focusing on growing their sales and revenue for 2012.   

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Topics: One Page Strategic Plan, The Inside Advantage, strategy, consistently execute, Alignment

Business Alignment – Why Don’t Your People Get It?

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Feb 23, 2012

Last blog we discussed how as your company grows and expands it seems harder and harder to communicate your vision.  People at the tactical level of your company often don’t know what the strategy for your business is.  In fact they don’t know a lot of things that are important for them to know about your business.  There’s often a huge gap on how they work with prospects and customers due to poor communication of your vision and strategy, let alone company policies.

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Topics: Discipline, Strategic Discipline, meeting rhythms, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits, One Page Strategic Plan, priorities, metrics, Alignment

Three Reasons You Need the One Page Strategic Plan

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Feb 20, 2012

As your business grows does it seem like it’s been harder and harder to keep everyone on the same page?  The larger you get does it feel like the vision and strategy you had that seemed so clear has become foggier to you and the people you lead?

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, One Page Strategic Plan, Alignment

Four Decisions You Must Get Right to Achieve Growth

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Jan 23, 2012

Last week I began work with a new client presenting a shortened version of the Two Day Rockefeller Habits Workshop.  It occurred to me that many business owners and managers are unclear where they need to focus their attention to achieve results for their business. 

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Topics: One Thing, Four Decisions, Two Day Rockefeller Habits Workshop, Alignment


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