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Balance: People/Relationships and Process/Productivity

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Apr 9, 2018

As an E-Myth Coach (Licensed coach for Michael Gerber’s The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It) for ten years, I quickly recognized in small businesses there were often two kinds of business owners: Objective and those who were Subjective.

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Topics: Balanced Priorities, Process/Productivity Drivers, People/Relationship Drivers, Counter balance, Relationships and Productivity

What’s a Counterbalance – Why Quarter and Annual Plans Need One

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Apr 20, 2017

In the Dictionary Counterbalance is defined as: 1. a weight balancing another weight; an equal weight, power, or influence acting in opposition; counterpoise. 2. to act against or oppose with an equal weight, force, or influence; offset.

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Topics: Balanced Priorities, People/Relationship Drivers, Business Priorities, Process/ Productivity Drivers, Counter balance

PEOPLE – A Leader and Manager’s Responsibility

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Aug 22, 2016

Saturday morning I received this quote from Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in one of my inspirational emails,

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Topics: People, People/Relationship Drivers, One on One coaching

From Tension to Empowerment – Creating a Smart Tribe

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Jul 11, 2016

How awesome would it be to move yourself and the people you manage from a place where they are tense, anxious, and non-performing to inspired, innovative, outcome-focused and consistently achieving?

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Topics: People, People/Relationship Drivers, productivity, Smart Tribes

Victim, Rescuer, Persecutor:  Which Role Are You Playing?

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Jul 4, 2016

In your organization, which do you focus on, Problems or Outcomes?

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Topics: employee performance, People, People/Relationship Drivers, human behavior performance, Performance Management, Smart Tribes, Problem or Outcome Focus

Scrum - When Size Matters

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Mar 31, 2016

Prior to this blog series on Scrum our Strategic Discipline Blog dedicated a number of blogs to Gary Keller’s The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. In the Final Lie to Achieving Our One Thing: Big Is Bad, we looked at how by fearing big success, you either avoid or sabotage your efforts to achieve it.  Size is an issue if it limits your belief you can’t or won’t achieve what you desire.

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Topics: One Thing, Process/Productivity Drivers, People/Relationship Drivers, productivity, Relationship Drivers, Scrum, Teams

Raise Your Team’s Sense of Self-Worth

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Aug 10, 2015

A 14 hour travel day can get pretty boring even if you sprinkle in the occasional joke, predictable encounter with rude motorist, and share it with family members.  This past week I traveled to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to scratch off an item from my bucket list: Gettysburg Battlefield.  On the way there I unleashed a practice on my two sons I’d learned in Dale Carnegie training many years back. It is absolutely guaranteed to raise the self-esteem of the people who participate. 

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Topics: Employee Recognition, People, People/Relationship Drivers, human behavior, human behavior performance, superior human relations

Balance Productivity and People

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Oct 27, 2014

With the Growth Summit starting Tuesday and our Gazelles Coaching meetings not beginning until Monday this is a modification of a blog (Subjectivity & Objectivity – Required Business Disciplines) written in September of 2010 and another (Critical Numbers - People/Relationship Drivers)in December 2012 .  Flying on Delta to Las Vegas reminded me of an example we often provide on the critical need for balance in setting priority for your business.  I’ve updated the content to reflect the emphasis to balance the two drivers, people and productivity, in your business.

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Topics: One Thing, Balanced Priorities, Process/Productivity Drivers, People/Relationship Drivers, Balance, Balanced Metrics

Balance and Strengths – Lessons from Ben Hur

Posted by Douglas Wick on Fri, Nov 1, 2013

In the first or second grade I recall being in a parade of students ushered into our small home town theatre to watch the movie Ben Hur.  Going to a movie back then (circa 1960) was a big event.  The theatre had provided our Catholic Elementary school the entire theatre to show the movie Ben Hur.  Watching a movie on the big screen, before there were big screens in every home for TV, was awe inspiring.  I’ve grown to love the movie.  One of the conflicts in the movie is Judah Ben Hur’s rivalry with Messala, a roman tribune. 

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Topics: Balanced Priorities, People/Relationship Drivers, Balance, Strength Based Leadership, Process/ Productivity Drivers

Balance – Optimism and Facing the Brutal Facts

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Oct 28, 2013

Working with our client’s one critical element to make sure a business does not get out of balance is making sure when you choose your priorities you balance your productivity measures with a people or relationship measurement.    It’s your critical number that assures your effort to build more productivity doesn’t hurt the relationships with your customers, employees or shareholders.

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, One Thing, Process/Productivity Drivers, People/Relationship Drivers, Mono Somy 7, Balance, Balanced Metrics, Michelle Wick

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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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