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Leader or Manager

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Aug 8, 2016

As an E-Myth Senior Business Coach for ten years I used the E-Myth resources and tools to help my small business customers apply the systems concept to build their business.

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Topics: leadership, manager, Business Vision, E-Myth Revisited, Vision, Performance Management

The Freak Advantage

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Jul 14, 2016

“Your strengths have the capacity to become so dominant that they render your limitations irrelevant.” - Dr. Lance Watson

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Topics: leadership, Weaknesses, Strengths, The Freak Factor, Strenghts Based Leadership

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

Tools to Measure Employee Performance

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Aug 31, 2015

In our last blog Amazon’s Culture Flaws? we shared the NY Times article Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace. Remarks from employees suggest increased pressure in Amazon’s environment to perform. 

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Topics: employee engagement, employee performance, People, leadership, A Players, Leadership Team

How Smart Are You?

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Jul 27, 2015

As a salesperson for over 20 years one axiom to remember was never to impress your prospect with how smart you are.  The prospect isn’t interested in how smart you are.  They’re interested in solving their problem.  The only way to solve their problem is to ask questions and listen.

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Topics: leadership, Leadership Team, Smart Tribes, Listening

Hooked: How to Build Habit Forming Products – Orlando Growth Summit

Posted by Douglas Wick on Wed, May 13, 2015

This blog is no stranger to the value of habits.  We’ve written about habits many times in the past.

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Topics: leadership, Growth Summit, habits, customer loyalty, Customer needs, appreciation

Leadership Team Exercise SWOT vs. SWT – Strengths, Weakness & Trends

Posted by Douglas Wick on Wed, Dec 31, 2014

If you’ve been to the gas station recently you’ve noticed the plunge in gas prices.  It’s a trend in recent months and it illustrates and important strategy and planning benchmark that your business should be doing on an annual basis, and possibly more frequently depending how fasting you are growing compared to your industry.

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Topics: Business Growth, Annual Plan, leadership, strategy, Strategic Planning, Leadership Team, SWOT, Prediction, SWT, Forecast

Why You Should Not Facilitate Your Annual Meeting?

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Oct 20, 2014

Considering that you’re the leader of your business it naturally makes sense that you should plan and command the leadership role in your annual planning and strategy session.

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Topics: Employee Feedback, employee performance, Annual Plan, leadership, Four Decisions, Leadership Team

Delegate

Posted by Douglas Wick on Sat, Aug 23, 2014

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Topics: employee engagement, Business Growth, Leadership Training, leadership, effective delegation

Chuck Noll Leadership Lessons – Discipline & Confronting the Brutal Facts

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Jun 26, 2014

After a couple of games where his Pittsburgh Steelers hadn’t played very well, Chuck Noll called his team after practice to put a ”boot up the ass” and jolt them out of their complacency.  According to Rocky Bleier this is what he said,

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Topics: Discipline, Strategic Discipline, leadership

 

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