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West Point’s Pearson’s Law & Scrum Lesson

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Mar 24, 2016

Search on Google for Pearson’s Law and you’ll discover the first article is one I wrote on this principle entitled simply Pearson’s Law.  I’m proud the attention I’ve given and received on Pearson’s Law has received this amount of consideration.

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Topics: Discipline, Pearsons Law, Pearson's Law, consistently execute, Execution, Scrum

Leadership – Are You Chasing Waterfalls?

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Mar 14, 2016

One of the two most important attributes of effective leaders is their ability to predict.  (The other is delegating.)

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Topics: Pearsons Law, . The two most important attributes of effective, Prediction, Forecast, Scrum, Effective Leadership, Gantt charts

Core Values in Action

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, May 11, 2015

We’ve discussed how innovation occurs in your business previously in What's Your Innovation Process Look Like?

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Topics: employee engagement, Core Values, employee performance, Pearsons Law

Alcoa’s Key to Safety Success: Communication & Keystone Habit

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Sep 18, 2014

We’ve discussed Paul O’Neill’s plan for getting to zero injuries previously in One Thing: Are Meeting Rhythms Keystone Habits? And Would You Fire Someone for Violating Your Core Values?  The safety emphasis entailed the most radical realignment in Alcoa’s history. O’Neill believed the key to protecting Alcoa employees, is understanding why injuries happen in the first place.

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Topics: Pearsons Law, habits, The Power of Habit, routine

Pearson’s Law

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Aug 11, 2014

I’m on vacation this week so I’m reposting a couple of blogs that contain messages that warrant repeating.  Pearson’s Law, originally written 12-15-08, exemplifies the importance of metrics and Positioning Systems Strategic Discipline formula. It’s largely reprinted with a few minor additions. Do you want to see dramatic improvement in your people’s performance?  Read further.

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Topics: employee engagement, Accountability, employee performance, Business Dashboards, Pearsons Law

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

Catalyst Re-Discovery - The Coach & the Tool

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Feb 11, 2013

“If I emulated you in any way as a creator today, send me a signal in the form of feedback in my world to let me know that you were noticing my efforts. And bring it in a way that I least expect, that wakes me up from this dream, and leaves no doubt that it has come from you, so that I am inspired to do this again tomorrow.”  The voice of Joe Dispensa’s softly speaks to me at the conclusion of meditation

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Coach Advisor, Catalyst, Pearsons Law, leading and lagging indicators, Bone Marrow Transplant, Graft-Versus-Host Disease, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose, Joe Dispensa

Key Performance Indicators Critical Element - Ownership

Posted by Douglas Wick on Wed, Jan 23, 2013

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, One Thing, Business Priorities, leading indicators, Business Dashboards, Pearsons Law, leading and lagging indicators, Business Scorecards

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

Three Tools to Define Your Leadership Team

Posted by Douglas Wick on Fri, Nov 16, 2012

Who should your leadership team be made up of?  This depends on the size of your company.  Your leadership team that attends daily huddles, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual planning meetings should be the people that have the greatest impact on your business, and provide critical data and influence on your customers and employees.  Regardless the size of your company your leadership team shouldn’t exceed ten in number.  Beyond this it gets a bit unyielding. 

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Topics: Work Process Flow Charts, Annual Plan, Pearsons Law, Jim Collins, key performance indicators, Leadership Team

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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.

Our 3 disciplines include:

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