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Why Is Your Business The Way It Is? The Power of Habit

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Apr 14, 2014

Can it really be this simple?

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Topics: Business Growth, Aubrey Daniels, Discipline Plan, habits, The Power of Habit, routine

Does Routine Really Set You Free?

Posted by Douglas A 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

Leadership Development – Strategic Discipline’s Meeting Rhythms

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Wed, Jan 16, 2013

Developing your leadership skills requires time spent in the kitchen.  It requires actually riding the bicycle, cooking the brew, communicating, leading, establishing your presence, and developing your people is a leadership evolution process. 

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Topics: Discipline, Business Growth, leadership, meeting rhythms, routine, Strength Based Leadership

Faith, Quantum Physics, and Stockdale Paradox

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Fri, Jul 20, 2012

To say the last several weeks here in the hospital have been challenging might be an understatement.  I’m sure my wife, Michelle, and my family thought I was worse than I did.  Despite a lack of energy at times I still found time to work my routine and enjoy my passion for working with my clients. 

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Strategic Discipline, One Thing, Stockdale Paradox, routine, Michelle Wick

Routine Sets You Free

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jan 12, 2012

Recently I rediscovered the value of routine when I purchased a new computer.  If you’ve had the occasion to move to a new computer recently perhaps you will recognize the disruptive forces that occur when suddenly you are without the use of your computer for several hours or in my case more than a day as your old data is restored to your new computer. 

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Topics: Accountability, meeting rhythms, Rockefeller Habits Checklist, routine

Precision and Discipline

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jul 25, 2011

On vacation last week my family and I visited the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola.  The Blue Angels perform a practice session every Tuesday and Wednesday at the airfield.  If you’ve never seen the Blue Angels perform I highly recommend it. 
I’d seen them perform before when I was very young.  My father was a pilot.  He would take us to many air shows and I’d seen the Blue Angels as a child, although I don’t recall being as impressed or amazed at their precision and discipline as I was this time.  The show brought back memories of my dad, and made me realize the discipline lessons he taught me just by his piloting the small Cessna 172 airplane he owned.

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Topics: Discipline, employee performance, routine

Discipline – Who Do You Admire?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Sun, Jun 5, 2011

Who do you admire most?  This is a question I frequently ask candidates in interviews.  I urge you to consider this question in your interviewing process if you aren’t already using it. 

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Topics: Discipline, rituals, routine

Expect Resistance in Establishing Disciplined Rituals

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Fri, Apr 15, 2011

Have you ever had a hard time establishing a new habit or routine?  As noted in my last blog, Discipline Rituals – What We Resist Persists, we derive a certain amount of comfort or safety doing what we’ve always done. That’s why it’s so difficult to change.  Even the most powerful commitment to change is often counter balanced by an unconscious or subliminal commitment not to change.  Exposing our fears to not changing is key number four in building effective rituals.

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Topics: Discipline, priorities, rituals, routine

Discipline Scheduling - Three Keys to Building Effective Rituals

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Apr 7, 2011

How important is it to specify the time you are going to do something to predict accomplishment?  Precision and Specificity is one of the three key to establishing effective rituals.  Researchers have found that even chronic procrastinators are eight times more likely to follow through if they set a specific time to complete it.  Here’s an example from Be Excellent at Anything that illustrates the importance of precision and specificity. 

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Topics: time management, rituals, precision and specificity, routine

Weekly Pulse – Work Rhythms Take Advantage of Natural Energy Flow

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Mar 28, 2011

If you’re an athlete or have watched sporting events you know that it’s recommended to stretch and jog before engaging in strenuous activity.  Does it make sense that you should train your people to do the same thing in your work environment?

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Topics: People, productivity, rhythm, routine

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