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West Point’s Pearson’s Law & Scrum Lesson

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Mar 24, 2016

Search on Google for Pearson’s Law and you’ll discover the first article is one I wrote on this principle entitled simply Pearson’s Law.  I’m proud the attention I’ve given and received on Pearson’s Law has received this amount of consideration.

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Topics: Discipline, Pearsons Law, Pearson's Law, consistently execute, Execution, Scrum

Customer Commonality - Leadership

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Dec 24, 2015

Three weeks ago I was invited to facilitate a new customer’s Annual Planning.  They’d been a long follower of the Rockefeller Habits implementing the principles on their own for nearly ten years. They felt they might be at a crossroads, anticipating they could breakthrough and achieve greater success with the help of a Gazelles Coach.  It was an honor to facilitate their meeting and help provide some additional insight into the nuances of Verne Harnish’s principles and the book Scaling Up.

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Topics: Discipline, leadership, Leadership Team, Strength Based Leadership

What’s Your One Thing (3X)

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Oct 8, 2015

What if your business had set an annual priority and failed to achieve it?

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Topics: Discipline, One Thing, Discipline Plan, fanatic discipline

The Irony of Freedom

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Apr 20, 2015

Saturday, my son Noah, performed a solo and in a quintet at Solo and Ensemble, at Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Watching him perform reminded me of the irony of freedom.  It also reminded me of a quote I’ve used several times in my blog, that the will to win isn’t as important as the will to prepare to win.

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Topics: Discipline, Culture of Discipline, Rockefeller Habits Checklist, commitment, preparation

12 QUESTIONS to Take You From Good To Great - #1 & 2

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Mar 30, 2015

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Topics: Discipline, Good to Great, Strategic Discipline, 10Xers, Jim Collins, Level 5 Leadership, FACe exercise: Functional Accountability Exercise

Execution – Rockefeller Habits Checklist, Priorities, Metrics, Meeting Rhythms

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Mar 2, 2015

Execution is about turning your hard-earned revenue (top line income that remember comes from Strategy) into bottom line net profit. Companies that are strong on top line performance and yet struggle to make a reasonable or attractive bottom line profit typically have challenges with Execution – that is being both efficient and effective operationally. In this blog we will cover the principles and habits that John D. Rockefeller used to build an operationally excellent company and which Verne Harnish (Scaling Up and Mastering the Rockefeller Habits) has adapted for mid-market growth companies.

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Topics: Discipline, Strategic Discipline, meeting rhythms, Four Decisions, priorities, metrics, meetings, Execution

Updated Discipline: New Rockefeller Habits Checklist

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Jan 26, 2015

How important do you value discipline in your organization?  How much thought if any do you give to it? 

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Topics: Discipline, Good to Great, Great by Choice, Discipline Plan, Culture of Discipline, Rockefeller Habits Checklist, Scaling Up Verne Harnish

Good to Great Business Model - DISCIPLINE

Posted by Douglas Wick on Fri, Dec 5, 2014

How do you build a business model from Good to Great?  The answer while not popular is fundamental.  We dislike, resist and simply refuse to want more of it in our life: DISCIPLINE 

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Topics: Discipline, Good to Great, Discipline Plan, Rockefeller Habits Checklist

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

Curing the Undisciplined Pursuit of More

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Jul 24, 2014

Essentialism, by Greg McKeown, subtitle is The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.  This blog title is a rephrasing to emphasis the issue. 

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Topics: Discipline, less is more

 

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