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Are Best Practices Dead?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Feb 8, 2018

Digital is taking over every aspect of business.

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Topics: Outthinker Process, Digital Disruption, Speed, OUTTHINK THE COMPETITION, strategy decisions, Best Business Practices, best practices of growth companies

The Light at the End of the Tunnel – A Train!

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Feb 5, 2018

“There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s a train, coming your way!” 

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Topics: Digital Disruption, Strategy Decision, Disruptive Strategies, Speed, Best Business Practices

Why, What, How of a Weekly Meeting and Meeting Rhythms

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Apr 30, 2015

Last blog Why Meeting Rhythms are a Critical Strategic Discipline we captured why weekly meetings are so important, providing a little tease on why, what and how to conduct this centerpiece of aligning discipline that stirs growth in your business.

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Topics: Customer Feedback, Employee Feedback, weekly meetings, meeting rhythms, Best Business Practices

Core Values in Candidate Selection – Zappos “Are You Lucky?”

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Aug 14, 2014

I’m on vacation this week and decided to repost two blogs that I feel have a message that needs to be repeated.  The following blog is from February 6th, 2014. People as noted in Jim Collins Good to Great are the #1 factor in business success.  Making sure you are hiring the right people is critical to ensuring your business success.  Rockefeller Habits best practices demand creating Core Values.  How do you use those Core Values?  If you’re not using them to develop questions to determine if you have the right candidates to fit your culture, you should consider developing them.  Here’s an example from Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh on how to use Core Values as they do to discover whether potential employees are a good fit in their culture.

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, Core Values, People, Bone Marrow Transplant, hiring decisions, Mono Somy 7, Best Business Practices, Michelle Wick

Give and Take – What About Giver Burnout?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jun 30, 2014

Givers fall into two groups, selfless and otherish behavior.

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Topics: Business Growth, People, positive reinforcement, Best Business Practices, Give and Take

Raising the Bar on Accountability

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jun 5, 2014

In our Rockefeller Habits recommend weekly meetings agenda there is a specific time focused on accountabilities.  We discussed previously the value of peer pressure in these meetings in Accountability - Three Reasons Group Meetings Produce Better. Check it out to discover the three reasons group meetings do better at accountability. 

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Topics: Accountability, weekly meetings, employee performance, Best Business Practices, reponsibility

The Daily Double – Two Daily Huddles Better Than One?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Mar 31, 2014

If doing something once a day is good for business, does doing it twice double the impact? 

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Topics: Discipline, Strategic Discipline, Best Business Practices, Leadership Team, daily huddle

Great By Choice Third Core Behavior – Productive Paranoia

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Apr 25, 2013

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Topics: Great by Choice, 10Xers, Best Business Practices, Level Five Ambition, Productive Paranoia

Great by Choice 10Xer’s Empirical Creativity – Andy Grove Intel

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Apr 22, 2013

When Andy Grove, CEO of Intel, discovered in 1994 that he may have a tumor the size of a cube of sugar growing in his prostate gland he didn’t take the immediate step his doctor suggested. Visit his urologist. 

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Topics: Discipline, Great by Choice, 10Xers, leadership, Culture of Discipline, Best Business Practices, 4 Disciplines of Execution, Empirical Creativity

Discipline - Steve Job’s First Step to Remake Apple

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Mar 21, 2013

The greatest marketer and innovator on the planet returns to his former company, Apple, and what is his first step?  In Great by Choice, Jim Collins uses Apple as one of the comparison companies.  His research looked at 1972-2002, and Steve Jobs didn’t return to Apple until 1997. But consider Jobs’ first move:

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Topics: Discipline, Great by Choice, Discipline Plan, best practices of growth companies, Best Business Practices, Rockefeller Habits Checklist, Steve Jobs

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