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Scaling Up Compensation - 5 Design Principles for Turning Your Largest Expense into a Strategic Advantage

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Oct 4, 2021

Scaling Up Compensation by Verne Harnish, and Sebastian Ross offers great examples of companies that have turned one of the most challenging and thorny issues a business can face into a strategic advantage.

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Topics: People, People Decisions, Business Culture, Harmonious Culture of Accountability, Culture, Rewards & Compensation, Scaling Up Compensation

Build a Highly Cohesive, Culturally Strong Team - 5 Steps to Create an Empowering Culture

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Apr 26, 2021

The CEO owns culture.

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Topics: Culture of Discipline, Business Culture, Harmonious Culture of Accountability, Culture, Monty Moran, Love is Free. Gauc is Extra, Empowerment

Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch – Above the Line

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Apr 27, 2017

Driven leaders too frequently downplay the importance of Culture and the soft issues around People, that include Strategy elements like Core Values and Core Purpose.

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Topics: Core Values, strategy, Business Culture, strategy decisions, Above the Line, Culture

Is Failing an Inside or Outside Job? – The Case for Culture

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jul 13, 2015

Failure is always an inside job.

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Topics: Jim Collins, Businesss Disciplines, Business Culture, Business Failure, How the Mighty Fall,

Would You Fire Someone for Violating Your Core Values?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Sep 15, 2014

May 1996, Paul O’Neil, (discussed in One Thing: Are Meeting Rhythms Keystone Habits?) had been at Alcoa for a decade.  His leadership is studied at Harvard Business School and Kennedy School of Government, he’s mentioned as a candidate for commerce secretary or secretary of defense, the employees and union give him high marks.  Alcoa’s stock price has risen over 200%.  He’s an acknowledged success.

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Topics: Business Growth, Top Priority, Core Values, habits, Business Culture, Keystone Habit

Want To or How To: People & Core Purpose

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Aug 28, 2014

What’s more important?  Want to or how to? 

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Topics: Business Growth, People, Core Purpose, Business Culture

All Aboard! Align Your Team – Theme Kickoff

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, May 19, 2014

A recent Inc. Magazine survey revealed 92% of CEOs believe their leadership teams agrees with and can communicate their strategy.  

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Topics: quarterly meetings, themes, Business Culture, Page Strategic Plan

Balance - Core Values/Purpose and Big Hair Audacious Goals

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, May 15, 2014

One of my clients just lost a valued employee from their leadership team.  One of the reasons she decided to leave was the pressure she felt from her boss to perform in sales.  She had recently accepted a promotion to sales from her marketing position. This year she’d been working on a very large prospect that would very likely have topped the company’s previous best ever customer.  She gotten them a commitment just not the full commitment that the company sales procedure outlines.  It created conflict and anxiety as she worked to close them to a long term engagement. 

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Topics: Core Values, Core Purpose, Employee Evaluations, A Players, Business Culture, BHAG, Peformance Matix

BO-lieving – Changing Habits for Business Growth

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Apr 21, 2014

Twelve exhausted athletes single file into the high school biology room of their new basketball coach.  It’s the first week of basketball season.  Entering a classroom is a unique experience for them.  Practices are in the main auditorium of the high school.  This is the first time they’ve ever been anywhere but the gym.  

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Topics: Business Growth, Strategic Discipline, habits, Business Culture, The Power of Habit

A Contrast in Business Culture - An NFL Lesson

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Fri, Feb 21, 2014

Could there be a greater contrast in the culture of two teams than the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and the Miami Dolphins?

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Topics: Culture of Discipline, positive reinforcement, Business Culture

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