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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

LIE #4 – Willpower is Always on Will-Call

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Dec 14, 2015

“Willpower is like gas in your car... . When you resist something tempting, you use some up. The more you resist, the emptier your tank gets, until you run out of gas.” Kathleen Vohs Prevention magazine, 2009

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Topics: One Thing, priorities, productivity, habits

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

Finding the Willpower for Better Execution

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Oct 2, 2014

Why are some people able to muster more will power than others?

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Topics: Decision-Making, employee performance, priorities, habits, The Power of Habit, Execution, routine, rockefeller habits 4-3-2-1 growth formula

Does Routine Really Set You Free?

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Feb 10, 2014

It’s ironic that as I started to write Select The Right People – Zappos “Are You Lucky? I was feeling good about my recovery from Acute Myeloid Leukemia and my Bone Marrow Transplant.  That Tuesday I decided to go to the University of Iowa Hospital/Clinic since my leg hurt since I slipped and fell into my snow blower the week before. 

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Strategic Discipline, priorities, routine sets you free, Bone Marrow Transplant, habits, routine, top priorities

Time Management - Managing Energy Versus Managing Time

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Sep 19, 2013

"Time is more value than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time."

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Topics: priorities, time management, performance, precision and specificity

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

Critical Numbers - People/Relationship Drivers

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Dec 3, 2012

Priorities are essential to create alignment and initiate growth for your business.  You need to establish One Thing as the most important priority for the quarter and the year.  However you must realize that in doing this step you need to also create a balancing critical number.  Otherwise your business will get out of proportion.  “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy” is a good quote to remember.  All focus on productivity and no focus on relationships (or vice versa) can make your business operate as if rolling on 4 flat tires.  Despite achieving success in one area the business fails to achieve significant progress.

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Topics: One Thing, People/Relationship Drivers, priorities, Metric Balance, Critical Numbers, Process/ Productivity Drivers

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

 

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