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Victim, Rescuer, Persecutor:  Which Role Are You Playing?

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Jul 4, 2016

In your organization, which do you focus on, Problems or Outcomes?

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Topics: employee performance, People, People/Relationship Drivers, human behavior performance, Performance Management, Smart Tribes, Problem or Outcome Focus

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

INDIRECT EFFORT - 85% of Joy in Life Comes from Relationships

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Dec 8, 2014

In 1984 I received the opportunity to lead as general manager the construction and startup of a 100,000 watt FM radio station in Wausau, Wisconsin.  It was a very challenging time for a number of reasons, including attempting to appease and satisfy the brother-in-law of the owner who thought he should have been given the opportunity. 

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Topics: employee engagement, employee performance, Relationship Drivers, human behavior performance, superior human relations, 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

Positive Reinforcement Multiplies Through Your Organization

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Jan 30, 2014

Let me ask you a question: Are you the problem?

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

Why You Need Positive Energy Rituals

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Sep 30, 2013

Let's start by reinforcing an important principle:  Will and discipline are far more limited and precious resources than we realize.  They must be called upon very selectively. 

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Topics: employee performance, Execution, The Power of Full Engagement, human behavior performance, Discretionary Effort

Appreciation Or Progress Which Improves Employee Performance?

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Jul 30, 2012

Recently I’ve had a lot to be thankful for (See Faith, Quantum Physics, and Stockdale Paradox and Lack of Discipline: Workaholism – Good News/Bad News).  I confess that there have been more than I few moments when I’ve broken down in tears sitting with my family or my wife simply because it feels so good to be home, to be with them and to know that the cancer that had been constantly challenging me is in remission. 

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Topics: employee performance, Patrick Lencioni, Organizational Health, The Advantage, How to Motivate Employees, human behavior performance

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

 

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