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Belief Is the Solution - Ari Weinzweig – Dallas Growth Summit

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Oct 31, 2016

Have you ever tried to drink from a firehose?  Probably not.

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Topics: People, Growth Summit, human behavior, Execution, Dalllas Growth Summit, Human Potential

Raise Your Team’s Sense of Self-Worth

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Aug 10, 2015

A 14 hour travel day can get pretty boring even if you sprinkle in the occasional joke, predictable encounter with rude motorist, and share it with family members.  This past week I traveled to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to scratch off an item from my bucket list: Gettysburg Battlefield.  On the way there I unleashed a practice on my two sons I’d learned in Dale Carnegie training many years back. It is absolutely guaranteed to raise the self-esteem of the people who participate. 

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Topics: Employee Recognition, People, People/Relationship Drivers, human behavior, human behavior performance, superior human relations

To Improve Your Relationships Improve This

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Dec 11, 2014

Have you ever been around a person in love?  Women especially can intuitively feel when someone is in love.  People in love seem to get along with everyone. They’re happy, cheerful, even charming.

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Topics: employee engagement, employee performance, People, human behavior, Relationship Drivers, human behavior performance, superior human relations, Law of Indirect Action, Psychology of Achievement, Brian Tracy

Positive Reinforcement – Focus Praise on Behaviors

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Jul 7, 2014

On my laptop that I frequently take to client meetings is a picture of my family including my wife, Michelle.  Occasionally I get compliments on how attractive she and my family is.  I often relay this to her and I frequently tell her how attractive she is.

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Topics: Employee Feedback, Employee Recognition, employee performance, People, positive reinforcement, best practices of growth companies, human behavior, How to Motivate Employees, human behavior performance

Make A Choice – Motivation Moment

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, May 1, 2014

You may have heard the story on how trainers get an elephant to remain tied to a stake.   Even though an elephant has enough strength to easily remove the stake, due to the training received when they are young they’re unable to realize they can get free.  View the video on the right for the full story.

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Business Growth, Decision-Making, human behavior, Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and W, habits, routine

Human Behavior – One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Aug 8, 2013

Each of us is different.  We are not all motivated by the same thing.  It’s a lesson that Aubrey Daniels consistently reinforces in Bringing Out the Best in People.  It’s the reason managing people is so challenging.  It requires thoughtful observation, persistent communication and enduring energy to discover and maintain relationships that support and encourage your people to be their best each day.

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Topics: Bringing Out the Best In People, employee performance, positive reinforcement, human behavior

The Sandwich – Not Positive Reinforcement

Posted by Douglas Wick on Sun, Oct 7, 2012

Most of us enjoy a good sandwich.  You probably even have your favorite sandwich, and favorite place to eat it.  A favorite method of constructive criticism that is widely taught in basic supervisory training is called the “sandwich.” 

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Topics: Bringing Out the Best In People, Aubrey Daniels, positive reinforcement, human behavior

Lack of Discipline: Workaholism – Good News/Bad News

Posted by Douglas Wick on Fri, Jul 27, 2012

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Topics: Discipline, Acute Myeloid Luekemia, time management, human behavior, Michelle Wick

Which is Best Individual Meetings or Team Meetings? Personal Story on Accountability.

Posted by Douglas Wick on Tue, Jul 3, 2012

Accountability.  It’s a critical element in organizations that grow.   Last Monday at about 2:15 AM one of the doctors took accountability for me, made a decision to send me to the ICU possibly saving my life,   I didn’t want to go there, I liked being in the familiar.   He looked at the larger picture. The trends he saw disturbed him.  Continuing fever for two and half days.  Hemoglobin being absorbed almost as fast as they could put it in me.  Plus the disturbing rate my heart was pumping at, and the balance between the low and high number they give on blood pressure.  (The bottom number is not good if it drops below 60.) 

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Topics: Accountability, metrics, human behavior, Organizational Health, human behavior performance

Make Yourself, Employees and Customers Happier – Employee Engagement

Posted by Douglas Wick on Sun, Dec 18, 2011

Did you realize when a customer says thanks, they make you happy, but they make themselves even happier.  In her book The How of Happiness, Sonja Lyubomirsky, a professor at the University of California, Riverside, describes a dozen scientifically proven strategies to make yourself happier.  The first?  Expressing gratitude.

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Topics: Employee Feedback, employee engagement, Switch, human behavior

 

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