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SmartTribes – How to Deliver Accountability

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Jul 30, 2015

Since listening to Christine Comaford speak at the Orlando Growth Summit I’ve been reading and listening to her book SmartTribes extracting valuable nuggets on how to grow your business.

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Topics: Accountability, success criteria, Business Dashboards, Smart Tribes

Dashboards – Starting a New Employee Right

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Jul 20, 2015

Many companies and managers believe a dashboard is a great way to keep their staff focused on the metrics and priority that they should be targeting for quarterly and weekly objectives.

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, Business Dashboards, One on One coaching

Why Meeting Rhythms are a Critical Strategic Discipline

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Apr 27, 2015

Why Doug?  Why should we do daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual meetings?

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Topics: weekly meetings, Business Growth, Balanced Priorities, meeting rhythms, Business Dashboards, pattern recognition, Radical Change, Radical Stability

Pearson’s Law

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Aug 11, 2014

I’m on vacation this week so I’m reposting a couple of blogs that contain messages that warrant repeating.  Pearson’s Law, originally written 12-15-08, exemplifies the importance of metrics and Positioning Systems Strategic Discipline formula. It’s largely reprinted with a few minor additions. Do you want to see dramatic improvement in your people’s performance?  Read further.

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Topics: employee engagement, Accountability, employee performance, Business Dashboards, Pearsons Law

The Most Important Element for Business Success

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Sep 5, 2013

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Topics: Discipline, Good to Great, Business Growth, Strategic Discipline, Business Priorities, Business Dashboards, Jim Collins, Businesss Disciplines

Dashboards Bring Out The Best

Posted by Douglas Wick on Tue, Sep 3, 2013

As a leader the biggest kick I received was seeing my people succeed.  Years ago while still in the broadcasting field I attended an industry conference in Dallas.  There a former sales person approached me and fawned over the training and experience she’d gained working for me.  She was now a radio station general manager and doing extremely well for a sizeable radio station group in Minnesota.  I was overwhelmed.  I had no idea how well she had done, nor would she attribute much of her success to my contribution.

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Topics: employee engagement, Accountability, weekly meetings, employee performance, Business Dashboards, Build Business Dashboard, productivity

Dashboard and Six Questions Build Clarity

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Mar 18, 2013

Can a simple Dashboard provide clarity for your organization?  In The High Ground – Your Dashboard I provided an example of a business dashboard that contain both the quarterly priorities and key financial benchmarks for the company.  These would include revenue, sales costs, Cost of Goods, Overhead Costs, Net Profit, Break-Even Analysis, Cost per Full-Time Equivalent, Cash Flow and Accounts Receivables.  If you’d like to see this Excel example, send me an email with Sample Financial Dashboard in the subject line.  

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Topics: success criteria, Business Dashboards, The Advantage

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

Last Friday of the Month – How’s Your Dashboard Looking?

Posted by Douglas Wick on Fri, Jan 25, 2013

2013’s begun and we are already to the last Friday of the month of January!

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, Business Dashboards, Business Scorecards, lagging indicators, key performance indicators, measurement, Stockdale Paradox

Key Performance Indicators Critical Element - Ownership

Posted by Douglas Wick on Wed, Jan 23, 2013

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, One Thing, Business Priorities, leading indicators, Business Dashboards, Pearsons Law, leading and lagging indicators, Business Scorecards




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