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Bone Marrow Transplant Update – Last Week’s Clinic Visit

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, May 28, 2015

“Happiness is a direction, not a place.” -Syndey J. Harris

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, leukemia, Strategic Discipline, Bone Marrow Transplant, Mono Somy 7, Michelle Wick

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

Posted by Douglas 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

Does Routine Really Set You Free?

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Feb 10, 2014

It’s ironic that as I started to write Select The Right People – Zappos “Are You Lucky? I was feeling good about my recovery from Acute Myeloid Leukemia and my Bone Marrow Transplant.  That Tuesday I decided to go to the University of Iowa Hospital/Clinic since my leg hurt since I slipped and fell into my snow blower the week before. 

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Strategic Discipline, priorities, routine sets you free, Bone Marrow Transplant, habits, routine, top priorities

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

Posted by Douglas 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 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

Three Proven Business (& Personal) Success Principles

Posted by Douglas 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 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 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

Measurable Results – One Year

Posted by Douglas 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

Catalyst Re-Discovery - The Coach & the Tool

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Feb 11, 2013

“If I emulated you in any way as a creator today, send me a signal in the form of feedback in my world to let me know that you were noticing my efforts. And bring it in a way that I least expect, that wakes me up from this dream, and leaves no doubt that it has come from you, so that I am inspired to do this again tomorrow.”  The voice of Joe Dispensa’s softly speaks to me at the conclusion of meditation

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Coach Advisor, Catalyst, Pearsons Law, leading and lagging indicators, Bone Marrow Transplant, Graft-Versus-Host Disease, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose, Joe Dispensa

 

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