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Better Collective Intelligence

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Jul 18, 2016

The Freak Advantage shared how your strengths even to an extreme provide an advantage for you an often to your business.

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Topics: collective intelligence, Strategic Discipline, Execution, The Secrets Leaders Keep

Candor Versus Honesty – Braintrust at Creativity Inc.

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Sep 21, 2015

Explosive!  That’s the impact the Collective Intelligence segment of your Gazelles/Rockefeller Habits weekly meeting rhythm can be for your business. 

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Topics: weekly meetings, collective intelligence, Pixar, Creativity Inc.

Practice the Discipline of Collective of Intelligence

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Sep 3, 2015

The most productive and valuable piece of the weekly meeting is Collective Intelligence.  Collective Intelligence is a benchmark in every weekly meeting to solve bottlenecks using the collective genius of the team.  CI is perhaps the greatest value of the weekly meeting rhythm.

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Topics: weekly meetings, collective intelligence, People

Abraham Lincoln and Frank Lloyd Wright - Givers and Takers

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Jun 23, 2014

A lawyer and politician from Illinois, Sampson  strived to be the next Clinton.  In his quest to win political office he failed repeatedly. At one point Sampson withdrew from the senate race while leading several opponents to help another candidate with less backing but very loyal supporters win a competing candidate wouldn’t.  As a lawyer he turned down lucrative cases with defendants he didn’t believe were innocent.  It was a classic case of giving without concern for self, in hopes of the greater good. 

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Topics: weekly meetings, collective intelligence, People, Give and Take, Givers and Takers

Why Do People Hate Their Jobs – Employee Feedback

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Nov 21, 2013

What makes people hate their jobs? What makes them non-productive, complaint-happy zombies? 

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Topics: Employee Feedback, employee engagement, weekly meetings, collective intelligence, employee performance, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits

Cash Conversion Cycle Oxygen for Your Business

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Oct 17, 2013

If you don’t believe cash is king take a look at some of the companies who have the largest cash reserves.  Topping the list is Cisco with almost $40 billion in cash.  Microsoft has nearly $37 billion, Pfizer $27 Billion, and Apple stands at $25.6 Billion.  

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Topics: Sales Process, collective intelligence, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits, Cash Conversion Cycle, Cash

Solve Specific Problems With Employee Engagement Questions

Posted by Douglas Wick on Wed, May 22, 2013

Monday morning during the Collective Intelligence portion of one of my customers weekly meetings we engaged in asking the team specific questions from the Q12 Gallup Employee Engagement Processto help solve a specific issue on this company’s top priority for 2013.  

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Topics: employee engagement, collective intelligence, strategy, Q12, Gallup's Q12 Employee Engagement Survey

Leadership Dominance

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Apr 18, 2013

What inhibits you from speaking out?

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Topics: collective intelligence, leadership, Leadership Team

Your Blindside – The Value of Collective Intelligence

Posted by Douglas Wick on Wed, May 9, 2012

It’s the oddest thing.  I feel fine, even great most of the time, yet the doctors, the numbers my blood work provide, the mask I have to wear when I go outside or when I’m around people, all say I’m sick!

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Topics: collective intelligence, Five Dysfunctions of a Team, employee performance, meeting rhythms, productivity, The Advantage

This Boss Is Always Right – Value Collective Intelligence

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Dec 8, 2011

You've heard the story of the boss who has two rules:  Rule #1 The Boss is Always Right.  Rule #2 When the boss is wrong, refer to Rule #1. 

In many companies this time of year for annual planning revolves around one person making plans, usually the president or owner(s).  The reason this occurs is often multiple.  First the business owner started the business and in order for the business to grow it’s always been dependent upon him/her to make the plans.  Another reason is that getting input from others takes time, precious time that many owners and company presidents don’t have or don’t care to take.  Habits are hard to break.  Setting directives and being in a commanding if not dominate position has worked in the past.  It’s decisive, impactful, quick, and if it’s gotten results in the past there’s no reason to change.

As your business grows however the problem with this one person or small group making all the decisions on direction, objectives, and priorities is its limited ability to take into account all the obstacles and challenges that your priorities might face. 

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Topics: collective intelligence, Annual Plan, meeting rhythms, priorities

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The Strategic Discipline Blog focuses on small to midsize business owners with a ravenous appetite to improve his or her leadership skills and business results.

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