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What’s My Daily Measure? Dougy Fresh

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Dec 19, 2016

Every day, every week, every month, every year, your people either feel defeated, excited, or undistinguished about their performance.

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Topics: Execution, Profit, Rockefeller Habits Checklist, employee performance, measurement

The Irony of Freedom

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Apr 20, 2015

Saturday, my son Noah, performed a solo and in a quintet at Solo and Ensemble, at Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Watching him perform reminded me of the irony of freedom.  It also reminded me of a quote I’ve used several times in my blog, that the will to win isn’t as important as the will to prepare to win.

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Topics: Discipline, Culture of Discipline, Rockefeller Habits Checklist, commitment, preparation

Updated Discipline: New Rockefeller Habits Checklist

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jan 26, 2015

How important do you value discipline in your organization?  How much thought if any do you give to it? 

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Topics: Discipline, Good to Great, Great by Choice, Discipline Plan, Culture of Discipline, Rockefeller Habits Checklist, Scaling Up Verne Harnish

Key Performance Indicators - Customer & Employee Feedback

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jan 15, 2015

Last blog in Key Performance Indicators we presented the value of speaking to customers and employees routinely and why these measurements can be so powerful to your business. 

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Topics: Customer Feedback, Employee Feedback, Business Growth, key performance indicators, Customer Advocacy, Rockefeller Habits Checklist

Good to Great Business Model - DISCIPLINE

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Fri, Dec 5, 2014

How do you build a business model from Good to Great?  The answer while not popular is fundamental.  We dislike, resist and simply refuse to want more of it in our life: DISCIPLINE 

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Topics: Discipline, Good to Great, Discipline Plan, Rockefeller Habits Checklist

Annual Plan – It’s Not When You Plan It’s How You Execute

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jan 23, 2014

Question:  Why do most businesses fail?

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, Decision-Making, One Thing, Annual Plan, Four Decisions, Rockefeller Habits Checklist, leadership commitment, Execution

The Discipline Challenge – Rockefeller Habits Checklist

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Apr 1, 2013

What’s the problem with discipline? Repeatedly in this blog and in the works of Jim Collins in Good to Great, Great by Choice, How the Mighty Fal, Patrick Lencioni’s The Advantage, The Four Disciplines of Execution, and many other best practice and top thought leadership books we hear the principles of discipline continuously cited as critical to reaching success.

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Topics: Discipline, Great by Choice, Businesss Disciplines, Rockefeller Habits Checklist, Alan Rudy

Discipline - Steve Job’s First Step to Remake Apple

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Mar 21, 2013

The greatest marketer and innovator on the planet returns to his former company, Apple, and what is his first step?  In Great by Choice, Jim Collins uses Apple as one of the comparison companies.  His research looked at 1972-2002, and Steve Jobs didn’t return to Apple until 1997. But consider Jobs’ first move:

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Topics: Discipline, Great by Choice, Discipline Plan, best practices of growth companies, Best Business Practices, Rockefeller Habits Checklist, Steve Jobs

Top Ten Elements to Drive Business Growth - 4-3-2-1 Formula

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Fri, Nov 30, 2012

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Topics: 4-3-2-1 formula for business growth, Annual Plan, Four Decisions, best practices of growth companies, Rockefeller Habits Checklist, rockefeller habits 4-3-2-1 growth formula

Execution – Alan Rudy’s Success Story

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Feb 9, 2012

If you believe that achieving success is about being in the right place and perhaps being born with a silver spoon in your mouth, then consider the story of Alan Rudy.

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Topics: Mastering the Rockefeller Habits, Four Decisions, Rockefeller Habits Checklist, Execution, Alan Rudy

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