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Change or Die Part II

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Mar 17, 2016

In my experience a lot of business leadership teams invest an exorbitant amount of time discussing and making changes on the wheels of the vehicle the company is driving, while very little time is invested in the direction for the vehicle the ultimate destination.

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Topics: quarterly meetings, One Thing, Top Priority, Annual Plan, priority, quarterly plan, Scrum

One Thing – Live By Priority

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Jan 25, 2016

In Purpose - The Dickens of Your One Thing, Ebenezer Scrooge discovered, life is driven by the purpose we give it. There’s a catch Scrooge confronted. Purpose shapes our lives only in direct proportion to the power of the priority you and I connect it to.

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Topics: One Thing, planning, Top Priority, priority, Willpower, Power in the Moment

The Final Lie to Achieving Our One Thing: Big Is Bad.

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Dec 28, 2015

Do you remember the movie City Slickers?  

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Topics: One Thing, Top Priority, Annual Plan, priority, quarterly plan

The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Nov 9, 2015

A foundational principal we will teach at the Scaling Up Workshop on Wednesday at our November 11th Scaling Up Workshop in Cedar Rapids, IA is One Thing.  We recommend that when choosing a priority you choose One Thing for the year or your quarter to choose to focus on.  It’s based on the principal that less is more.

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Topics: Decision-Making, One Thing, priority, time management

One Thing = Priority

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Jul 9, 2015

In Greg McKeown, Author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, recent blog he discussed the definition of priority:  When the word priority came into the English language in the 1400s, it was singular. Think for a moment: What did it mean? The answer is the prior or very first thing. What’s interesting is it stayed singular for the next 500 years. It wasn’t until the 1900s that we came up with the pluralized term and started using the word priorities. But what exactly does the word mean? Can there be multiple very first things?

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Topics: One Thing, priority

A Story of Courage – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Aug 4, 2014

Do you have the courage and conviction to say no?

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Topics: Decision-Making, Top Priority, priority, less is more, time management

Business Dashboard - Metrics for Health

Posted by Douglas Wick on Tue, Feb 28, 2012

How simple is it to make a dashboard?   I’m waiting for the diagnosis from my biopsy.  Still the University of Iowa has displayed on a bulletin board in my room a dashboard with some of the vitally important metrics for my condition. 

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, priority, leading indicators, Business Dashboards, metrics, lagging indicators

Priorities Require Metrics

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Dec 12, 2011

If you want to improve something what should you do?  First make it a priority, then begin measuring it.  One of my clients and I share a goal to improve our lead generation activities.  We‘ve been talking about improving performance for months and recently decided in order to improve our behavior we need to make this intention a priority.  Establishing the priority came first.  Then we had to decide to measure it and finally put accountability in place. 

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Topics: priority, Business Dashboards, Pearsons Law, performance

Bookend Your Day – Darren Hardy’s Success Discipline

Posted by Douglas Wick on Wed, May 25, 2011

Since hearing Darren Hardy speak about the Compound Effect and the discipline required for success I’ve been working on establishing the rituals he recommended.  Although I’ve considered myself to be a pretty disciplined person, the disciplines Hardy describes require a tenacity and determination that few are willing to follow.

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Topics: Discipline, Top Priority, priority

Quarterly Strategic Discipline – Priorities & Developing Metrics

Posted by Douglas Wick on Wed, Oct 13, 2010


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Topics: One Thing, priorities, priority, top priorities


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