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Get Your Boys in the Boat – Strategic Discipline Builds Harmonious Leadership Teams

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Apr 6, 2017

“Rowing a race is an art, not a frantic scramble. It must be rowed with head power as well as hand power. From the first stroke all thoughts of the other crew must be blocked out. Your thoughts must be directed to you and your own boat, always positive, never negative.”

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Leadership DNA, leadership commitment, Effective Leadership, leadership meetings, The Boys in the Boat

Priority – Team You Manage or Team You’re Part of?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Tue, Feb 28, 2017

In Leadership Harmony – 5 Dysfunctions of a Team – Conflict Resolution Model we noted intuitively we know when your team works together you can accomplish anything.

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Topics: Five Dysfunctions of a Team, People, People Decisions, Patrick Lencioni, The Right People

Leadership Harmony – 5 Dysfunctions of a Team – Conflict Resolution Model

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Feb 23, 2017

“If you could get all the people in an organization rowing in the same direction, you could dominate any industry, in any market, against any competition, at any time.”~ Patrick Lencioni (The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable)

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Topics: Five Dysfunctions of a Team, People, Patrick Lencioni, Leadership Team, Conflict Resolution Model,

Ideal Conflict Point – Dallas Growth Summit

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Tue, Oct 25, 2016

Attending the Fortune Sponsored Growth Summit in Dallas is my opportunity learn, reconnect with my coaching peers, recharge my batteries, and gain valuable insights into our coaching principles from other experienced coaches and Best Practice leaders.

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Topics: Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni, Growth Summit, Meeting Conflicts, better decisions through conflict

Rockefeller Habits 4 Decisions Tools - People

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Feb 2, 2015

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Topics: Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Work Process Flow Charts, People, Four Decisions, Leadership Team, One-Page Personal Plan, Core Processes, FACe exercise: Functional Accountability Exercise, Scaling Up Verne Harnish

Why Leadership-Development Programs Fail - Solution

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Apr 10, 2014

A recent article by McKinsey & Company, one of the most prestigious consulting firms, Why Leadership-Development programs fail, notes four major reasons leadership development programs fail.  Many of the reasons focus directly on the leadership program.
Leadership training is more than just setting up programs to train and develop your future leaders.  It begins with how you train your people to be leaders in your present operating disciplines.  Let me share the four mistake areas from the article and share how Gazelles Coaches and Positioning Systems treat these to prevent leadership-development failures.

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Topics: Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Leadership Training, leadership, training and education, Patrick Lencioni, Job Summary Scorecard

Conflict Norms Provide Better Decision Making Meetings

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jun 27, 2013

Conflict is good.  It leads to better decisions by providing a forum for your leadership team to be open and free with their opinions. 

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Topics: weekly meetings, Decision-Making, Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni, better decisions through conflict

Poor Meetings Put Your Company’s Future in Jeopardy

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jun 24, 2013

We’ve discussed meetings many times in this blog since they are a foundational element of Strategic Discipline and provide a cadence of accountability for your executive team.  You should cascade these meetings throughout your organization as well to increase accountability.  Did you know that if your business is conducting boring, routine meetings without team members providing their opinions, feedback, that failing to encourage conflict is putting your business in a position of severe risk?  

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Topics: Five Dysfunctions of a Team, meeting rhythms, Patrick Lencioni, Death by Meeting, Meeting Conflicts, Meetings a Cadence of Accountability

The Shadow of Leadership

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jan 14, 2013

Recently I had the opportunity to hear a group of team members extoll the leadership characteristics of one my clients through their Core Values review (discussed in this blog) Several of the team recognized his integrity, straightforwardness and absolute commitment to excellence.  The messages were sincere, heartfelt and real.  It was apparent they have great respect, reverence, and dedication to their leader.

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Topics: Business Growth, Five Dysfunctions of a Team, leadership, Level 5 Leadership, Leadership Team, Strength Based Leadership

Is Good News Part of Your Business Culture? Biopsy Results

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Fri, Oct 19, 2012

My Wednesday biopsy results and most recent blog Four Purposes for Quarterly Meetings reminded me of the importance of good news and positive reinforcement in building a growing business culture. Recognizing accomplishments achieved at Quarterly Planning Meetings is just one step in the meeting rhythm cycle that offers good news and positive impact on your team.   Daily Huddles include opportunities for every one of your staff to report on victories they’ve achieved each day. 

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Topics: Accountability, Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Organizational Health, Business Culture, Good News

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