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Discipline to Prepare Provides Super Bowl Winning Play

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Feb 5, 2015

The opportunity to discuss the nature of preparation and the importance it played in the recent Super Bowl preceded the plan to provide you with the remaining tools for People resources from Rockefeller Habits 4 Decisions.  We’ll provide the remainder of these People tools in next Monday’s blog.

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Topics: planning, Annual Plan, Built to Last, Jim Collins, Execution, preparation

Leadership Team Exercise SWOT vs. SWT – Strengths, Weakness & Trends

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Wed, Dec 31, 2014

If you’ve been to the gas station recently you’ve noticed the plunge in gas prices.  It’s a trend in recent months and it illustrates and important strategy and planning benchmark that your business should be doing on an annual basis, and possibly more frequently depending how fasting you are growing compared to your industry.

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Topics: Business Growth, Annual Plan, leadership, strategy, Strategic Planning, Leadership Team, SWOT, Prediction, SWT, Forecast

Scale up - Mastering the Rockefeller Habits 4 Decisions Workshop

Posted by Douglas A 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

Why You Should Not Facilitate Your Annual Meeting?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Oct 20, 2014

Considering that you’re the leader of your business it naturally makes sense that you should plan and command the leadership role in your annual planning and strategy session.

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Topics: Employee Feedback, employee performance, Annual Plan, leadership, Four Decisions, Leadership Team

Annual Plan – It’s Not When You Plan It’s How You Execute

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jan 23, 2014

Question:  Why do most businesses fail?

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, Decision-Making, One Thing, Annual Plan, Four Decisions, Rockefeller Habits Checklist, leadership commitment, Execution

Cascade Your Annual Strategy & Planning

Posted by Douglas A 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

The Number One Function of Leadership

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Wed, Dec 4, 2013

What’s the number one function of a leader?  It’s the ability to predict. 

The fundamental journey of a growing business is to create a predictable engine for generating wealth as it creates products and services that satisfy customer needs and creates an environment that attracts tip talent.” Verne Harnish, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits

Unless a company has the ability to determine where it is today and project where its’ going to be this week, this month, this quarter, and this year, it’s not on a trajectory for growth.  It might not even be on track for survival.  A favorite quote of mine is, "When you’re green you grow, when you’re rip you rot!"

Ultimately the reason for imposing structure and instituting systems is to achieve predictability.

This is why Strategic Discipline is such a critical piece to success.

Determine your priorities. Create and monitor metrics. Develop Meeting Rhythms to build a Cadence of Accountability

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, planning, Annual Plan, leadership, strategy, Leadership Team

Weekly Meetings - Solve Your Company’s Most Pressing Issues

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Aug 29, 2013

There are a lot of reasons to not like meetings.  This is certainly the case if they are ill defined, lack structure, and are devoid of purpose.

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Topics: Accountability, weekly meetings, Annual Plan, meetings

George Washington’s Stockdale Paradox

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Fri, Dec 28, 2012

Consider the situation facing George Washington, as supreme military commander of our nation’s revolutionary troops just prior to Christmas 1876.  

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Topics: Annual Plan, leading and lagging indicators, Stockdale Paradox

Top Ten Elements to Drive Business Growth - 4-3-2-1 Formula

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Fri, Nov 30, 2012

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Topics: 4-3-2-1 formula for business growth, Annual Plan, Four Decisions, best practices of growth companies, Rockefeller Habits Checklist, rockefeller habits 4-3-2-1 growth formula

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