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Disciplined Required - Less is More

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Jul 21, 2014

The book Essentialism confronts the notion that we can have it all while supporting the idea less is more.  There is a common theme that underlies its principles. It’s a requirement for success in any endeavor.  That prerequisite is discipline.

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Topics: Business Growth, Strategic Discipline, Great by Choice, One Page Strategic Plan, less is more, strategy, Southwest Airlines

Cascade Your Annual Strategy & Planning

Posted by Douglas Wick on Fri, Dec 20, 2013

92% of CEO’s feel their leadership team can communicate their strategy!  The same survey revealed that only 2% of their leadership team actually could! 

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Topics: quarterly meetings, themes, Annual Plan, One Page Strategic Plan, Alignment, Strategy Statement, 3-5 year plan

Core Purpose Importance –Southwest Airlines Example

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Sep 17, 2012

A critical component of the One Page Strategic Plan is determining Your Core Purpose.  In Patrick Lencioni’s recent book The Advantage he pronounces clarity as being critical to business growth.   To achieve this he asks six questions about your company.    The first one, "Why do we exist?" is possibly the most challenging and difficult for a business to agree upon without a leadership team’s dedication, effort and the ability to resolve conflict.  And it simply won’t be achieved without the CEO making the commitment first.

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Topics: People, One Page Strategic Plan, Patrick Lencioni, The Advantage, Southwest Airlines Core Purpose

Grow Author Jim Stengel “Great Leadership Follow Common Practices”

Posted by Douglas Wick on Sun, May 20, 2012

In Creating the Discipline of The Advantage Patrick Lencioni indicated the single greatest advantage any company can achieve is organizational health. He provides Four Disciplines that companies need to achieve organizational health. 

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Topics: Discipline, Business Growth, leadership, Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the Wo, One Page Strategic Plan, The Advantage, Brand Ideal

Six Emotions Build Your Inside Advantage

Posted by Douglas Wick on Sun, Apr 15, 2012

Over the past two weeks Bob Bloom, author of the Inside Advantage and the New Experts met with two of my clients who are focusing on growing their sales and revenue for 2012.   

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Topics: One Page Strategic Plan, The Inside Advantage, strategy, consistently execute, Alignment

Business Alignment – Why Don’t Your People Get It?

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Feb 23, 2012

Last blog we discussed how as your company grows and expands it seems harder and harder to communicate your vision.  People at the tactical level of your company often don’t know what the strategy for your business is.  In fact they don’t know a lot of things that are important for them to know about your business.  There’s often a huge gap on how they work with prospects and customers due to poor communication of your vision and strategy, let alone company policies.

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Topics: Discipline, Strategic Discipline, meeting rhythms, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits, One Page Strategic Plan, priorities, metrics, Alignment

Three Reasons You Need the One Page Strategic Plan

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Feb 20, 2012

As your business grows does it seem like it’s been harder and harder to keep everyone on the same page?  The larger you get does it feel like the vision and strategy you had that seemed so clear has become foggier to you and the people you lead?

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, One Page Strategic Plan, Alignment

Four Decisions – Strategy

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Feb 2, 2012

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Topics: One Page Strategic Plan, Four Decisions, strategy

2012: Planning or Strategy?

Posted by Douglas Wick on Sun, Nov 20, 2011

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Topics: planning, One Page Strategic Plan, priorities, strategy

Rockefeller Habits Checklist – Your Business Symphony

Posted by Douglas Wick on Tue, Feb 1, 2011

Saturday evening I attended my youngest son Noah’s concerts.  The coordination between orchestra sections and individual students at the sixth, seventh and eighth grade level can be challenging, yet it’s surprising how much harmony a group of 60 or more 12-14 year olds can offer.  This orchestra mixed students from the different high school middle schools in the area.  They only had a couple of practices and yet performed remarkably well.  When it comes together it really is inspiring.

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Topics: Discipline, Strategic Discipline, One Page Strategic Plan, Rockefeller Habits Checklist

 

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