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Bottom Line Change - Zingerman’s Deli (Atlanta Growth Summit)

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Jun 13, 2016

There was no PowerPoint to share, few metrics and no major book to push. 

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Topics: change, Growth Summit, Execution, Ari Weinzweig

Aligned for Change

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Feb 29, 2016

In Scaling Up and Mastering the Rockefeller Habits Verne Harnish’s preaches leadership is 1% Vision, 99% Alignment.

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Topics: change, Pace of Change, Scrum

Change or Die

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Feb 25, 2016

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Topics: change, Pace of Change, Scrum

Hijacked - Four Thieves of Productivity

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Feb 22, 2016

In Gary Keller’s The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results Keller shared Six Lies that prevent you from achieving your One Thing.

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Topics: One Thing, change, Focus, productivity

Social Capital – Keith Ferrazzi Las Vegas Growth Summit

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Keith Ferrazzi, author of Never Eat Alone and Who’s Got Your Back received his first lesson on social networking when he was just 13.  As a caddie at a local golf course, he earned the title of being the best first year caddie, and eventually caddied for Arnold Palmer,  Coming from a poor family he might have been intimidated by the type of customer with memberships at the club.  Each day he arrived 30 minutes early.  Before anyone else was there Ferrazzi would check the pin placement of the holes and observe how the grass had been cut.  All in an effort to give those he caddied for every advantage possible.  He met a woman, Mrs. Poland, who possibly was the best golfer at the club.  She quickly made Keith her caddie. Why?

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Topics: People, change, Growth Summit, Growth Summit. Learning, Relationship Drivers

Change is Hard; Figuring Out What Works is Harder - Great by Choice.

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Aug 7, 2014

This week I reintroduce the concept of SMaC to one of my customers in our Trimester Planning meeting.  SMaC stands for Simple, Methodical and Consistent, as presented in Great by Choice by Jim Collins.  I was struck by the irony SMaC reveals about successful companies.  Most everyone acknowledges how difficult it is to accomplish change.  Yet in Great by Choice their research discovered that poor performing companies change frequently, while great companies change less often. At a scale of 4 to 1.   

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Topics: Discipline, Great by Choice, 10Xers, change, SMaC Recipe, SMaC

When to Change Your Top Priorities

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Mar 8, 2012

In less than 24 hours ten days ago, from Friday to Saturday the following day, my world spun 180 degrees or more. (See A Personal Story – Can You Sell Your Business?)

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Topics: Discipline, quarterly meetings, Strategic Discipline, change, Compounding

Rip Van Winkle’s Leadership Lesson from Martin Luther King

Posted by Douglas Wick on Sun, Jan 15, 2012

Remember the story of Rip Van Winkle?  You probably remember he slept for 20 years, but little else.

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, change, leadership, meeting rhythms, priorities, metrics

Exploit Change with Strategic Discipline

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, May 2, 2011

Due to changing technology, economic pressures, and evolving demographics, Multipliers’’ Co-Author Greg McKeown sees significant changes ahead for business in their organizational strategy and management of employees.  We outlined some of these in the previous two blogs, manager’s role defined and Change Ahead.

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Topics: collective intelligence, Strategic Discipline, change, meeting rhythms, Multipliers, pattern recognition

Change Ahead - Applying Egypt’s Revolution to Your Organization

Posted by Douglas Wick on Fri, Apr 29, 2011

Are there any implications your business can learn from the Egyptian Revolution?  Multipliers co author Greg McKeown predicts events like this and the Libyan revolution may foreshadow undercurrents that will impact your business.   As we’ve noted in this blog before the two most critical elements of leadership are the ability to predict and delegate.   Just like Scrooge in Dickens Christmas Carol these events may foresee what’s ahead for business.

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Topics: Bringing Out the Best In People, change, Topgrading, Multipliers

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