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FOCUS  - Beware the Busy Manager

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jul 17, 2017

In The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever, author Michael Bungay Staniera shares 2002 Harvard Business Review article, “Beware the Busy Manager,” Heike Bruch and Sumantra Ghoshal. The research suggests only 10 percent of managers have the right focus and energy to work on the stuff that matters.

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Topics: Focus, The Coaching Habit, Better Decision-Making, Failing to Meet Quarterly Objectives, quarterly plan

Quarterly Best Practice: Discover Why

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Apr 10, 2017

Quarterly meetings have a rhythm and agenda to enable our Gazelles Coached teams to celebrate victories and learn from their successes and failures. We’ve shared the intention and reason behind recognizing victories in What Are Your First Quarter Victories?

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Topics: quarterly plan, quarterly meetings, What did we learn, Failing to Meet Quarterly Objectives

Execution Growth Tools: Annual Planning, Quarterly Planning, and eNPS

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Mar 23, 2017

The following blog was published on March 9th of 2015.  I’m on vacation this week. With the first quarter of 2017 ending, I thought it a good time to remind you of the importance of quarterly planning and the value Annual planning provides for this. 

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Topics: Annual Plan, quarterly plan, quarterly meetings, eNPS, Strategic Planning

Change or Die Part II

Posted by Douglas A 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

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

Posted by Douglas A 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

Two Recommendations for Annual Planning

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Nov 23, 2015

The Scaling Up Workshops we do in the fourth quarter as Gazelles coaches serve as a tune-up to the work we engage our customers in for 2016 Annual Planning.

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Topics: quarterly meetings, Annual Plan, quarterly plan

What Are Your First Quarter Victories?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Apr 16, 2015

My plan for this blog originally was the irony of freedom.  The past three days working with an enthusiastic and dedicated group of leaders from a new customer who started with me in February for a private two day Rockefeller Habits Workshop.  They’d previously attended the Four Decision Workshop in November. 

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Topics: quarterly meetings, Core Purpose, Profit per X, Hedgehog Concept, BHAG, Core Competencies, quarterly plan, Quarterly Victories

Execution Growth Tools: eNPS, Annual Planning, and Quarterly Planning

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Mar 9, 2015

 “Battles are won by the power of the mind” ~Napoleon

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Topics: Business Growth, Annual Plan, Execution, quarterly plan, eNPS

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