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Topgrading Competency Interview – Uncover Candidates Key Data

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jul 27, 2017

We’re in the process of interviewing two very qualified candidates for the position of Operations Resource at a supply chain management company, World Class Industries.

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Topics: People, People Decisions, Topgrading, The Right People, Core Competencies, Tandem Interview

Happy Employees – Happy Customers - The Future Workplace Experience - San Antonio ScaleUp Summit

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jun 19, 2017

Our last four blogs focus on People, one of the Four Decisions for growing your mid-sized business.  All these blogs represent insightful thought leadership from respected authors.

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Topics: Business Growth, People, People Decisions, Scale Up, Scale Up Summit San Antonio

12 Steps to Topgrading – Scaling Up Summit (San Antonio)

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, May 22, 2017

Ever been in a situation where you’re working on something, when suddenly more information arrives to help you?

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Topics: People Decisions, Growth Summit, Topgrading, Topgrading, People Decisions,, Scale Up Summit San Antonio

Build an Elite Team - 10-80-10 Principle -  Above the Line

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, May 15, 2017


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Topics: People, People Decisions, Execution, The Right People, Above the Line, Urban Meyer

Great Performance is 1% vision and 99% alignment – Above the Line

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, May 11, 2017

In Good to Great Jim Collins emphasizes the importance of getting your team aligned to achieve great performance. 

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Topics: People, People Decisions, Alignment, The Right People

Your Hiring Batting Average – The NFL Draft Standard

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, May 4, 2017

The following blog was written on May 8th 2014 shortly after the NFL Draft.  I’ve decided to reprint it with some new ideas and include an offer from Topgrading to help you improve your Hiring Batting Average.

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Topics: People, People Decisions, hiring decisions, The Right People, Performance Matrix, Your Hiring Batting Average

Your Organization’s Most Important Resource

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Mar 13, 2017

“First Who than What” Jim Collins, Good to Great.

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Topics: People, People Decisions, Cash, Labor Efficiency Ratio, Simple Numbers Straight Talk Big Profits

Priority – Team You Manage or Team You’re Part of?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Tue, Feb 28, 2017

In Leadership Harmony – 5 Dysfunctions of a Team – Conflict Resolution Model we noted intuitively we know when your team works together you can accomplish anything.

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Topics: Five Dysfunctions of a Team, People, People Decisions, Patrick Lencioni, The Right People

What Browser do you use?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Feb 20, 2017

Suppose you could ask a prospective employee a question to discover whether the candidate is likely to stay in your employ longer, be more productive, and absent less?

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Topics: People Decisions, Innovation Process, Adam Grant, Originals

Company Colonoscopy: Start, Stop, Keep, Employee Survey

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Dec 29, 2016

Tuesday a high school class mate of mine decided to have a colonoscopy performed for the second time.  I’ve written about Steve before in It Starts With the Right People.  He let me know late Tuesday he is still the perfect asshole!

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Topics: Employee Feedback, employee engagement, People Decisions, The Right People, Employee Survey, Gallup's Q12 Employee Engagement Survey

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