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Extraordinary Results Require Great Answers

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Jan 12, 2017

Have you ever had someone in your life who believed in you?

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, meeting rhythms, metrics, The One Thing, Extraordinary Results

Routine Sets You Free – Disciplined Preparation Sets You Up

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Apr 21, 2016

If you recall when I first got into the hospital I wrote a blog Can Routines Really Set You Free?  Little did I realize that getting back home would be a routine changer as well. Football legend Bear Bryant said, It's not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.”

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Topics: leukemia, Strategic Discipline, meeting rhythms, priorities, metrics, Michelle Wick

Amazon’s Culture Flaws?

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Aug 27, 2015

Is it possible to balance high performance in the workplace with a culture that provides personal liberty, freedom and work-life balance?

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Topics: employee engagement, employee performance, People, metrics, measurement

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

Key Performance Indicators - KPIs

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Jan 12, 2015

What are Key Performance Indicators?  What they should entail?  How do you determine which to track?  How often if ever you should change them?

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Topics: Business Growth, metrics, key performance indicators, Quantification, Qualitative Customer Feedback, Quantitative Customer Feedback, KPI's, Scaling Up Verne Harnish

Should you Measure or Estimate for Decision-Making?

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Apr 7, 2014

You and probably many business owners are virtually swimming in waves of data.  Advances in technology and the Internet have made it easy to collect data on almost any subject and allow you, if willing, to collect measurements on any part of your business.

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Decision-Making, E-Myth, Pearsons Law, metrics, measurement

Meeting Priorities - Either You Have Discipline or You Don’t

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Jan 21, 2013

In May of 1941 the Great Britain was facing desperate times.  They were alone in the battle against the Nazi Germany and Italy’s Fascist State.  The continent of Europe was almost completely occupied by Axis powers and the Mediterranean and coast of North Africa were being attacked as well. This is the setting for one of my favorite wartime movies, Sink the Bismarck.

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Topics: Discipline, Strategic Discipline, meeting rhythms, priorities, Pearsons Law, metrics, Businesss Disciplines, Sink the Bismarck

My Leukemia Cure – Strategic Discipline

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Oct 11, 2012

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, meeting rhythms, Four Decisions, priorities, metrics, Stockdale Paradox

Does Change Improve Employee Performance - Hanley Ramirez

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Aug 9, 2012

One of my very good clients in Florida is a season ticket holder for the Florida Marlins.  Naturally he’s been very disappointed this year with the Marlin’s performance.  Expectations were high with opening a new stadium, brought in a new manager  (Ozzie Guillen) and new ball players (Jose Reyes) to make a strong drive for the playoffs and possibly the World Series. 

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, meeting rhythms, priorities, metrics

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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The Strategic Discipline Blog focuses on small to midsize business owners with a ravenous appetite to improve his or her leadership skills and business results.

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