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Take Your Company from Good to Great – Jim Collins 12 Questions: #3-5

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Apr 2, 2015

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Topics: Good to Great, Business Growth, Jim Collins, Hedgehog Concept, Stockdale Paradox, 20 Mile March

First Monday of New Year – Business Growth: Survive & Thrive in 2014

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jan 6, 2014

It’s the first Monday of 2014!  David Allen, author of Getting Things Done and past Fortune/Gazelles Growth Summit speaker, recommends this day (or possibly another between Christmas and the New Year) as an excellent day to clean out your office, getting rid of anything you haven’t used in the past year. 

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Business Growth, Core Purpose, Bone Marrow Transplant, Seven Strata of Strategy, Stockdale Paradox, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose, Joe Dispensa

Another Stockdale Paradox

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

Life isn’t fair, so get over it.

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Stockdale Paradox

Last Friday of the Month – How’s Your Dashboard Looking?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Fri, Jan 25, 2013

2013’s begun and we are already to the last Friday of the month of January!

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, Business Dashboards, Business Scorecards, lagging indicators, key performance indicators, measurement, Stockdale Paradox

George Washington’s Stockdale Paradox

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Fri, Dec 28, 2012

Consider the situation facing George Washington, as supreme military commander of our nation’s revolutionary troops just prior to Christmas 1876.  

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Topics: Annual Plan, leading and lagging indicators, Stockdale Paradox

My Leukemia Cure – Strategic Discipline

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Oct 11, 2012

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, meeting rhythms, Four Decisions, priorities, metrics, Stockdale Paradox

One Thing – Chet Holmes Passing of Leukemia

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Sun, Aug 26, 2012

A week ago on Friday I had lunch with a former client.  It was my first time at a restaurant since February when my health issues began.   Late Tuesday of that week, my doctor gave me permission to travel.  With a credit we had for our missed March spring break vacation with the boys, my wife and I left late last Friday evening to visit the condo we share with her parents, for Mesa, Arizona.  Imagine a tall balding fellow wearing a white surgical mask on the plane.  That’s what I looked like in order to avoid the germs that plane flights are notorious for.  

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Topics: One Thing, Stockdale Paradox, Chet Holmes, Michelle Wick

Stockdale Paradox – Humility – Warriors for Doug Benefit

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Fri, Aug 3, 2012

The range of emotions I’ve been through since learning I had Acute Myeloid Leukemia have often left me exhausted.  Yet another range is the deep appreciation and sense of gratitude.

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Jim Collins, Stockdale Paradox

Reality - More Stockdale Paradox

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jul 23, 2012

It’s difficult to describe the respect I have for Admiral Stockdale.  The torture he faced at the hands of the Vietnamese was incredible.   Yesterday I received some more brutal facts about how things might look moving forward. 

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Topics: Customer Feedback, Employee Feedback, Five Dysfunctions of a Team, meeting rhythms, Stockdale Paradox, The Advantage

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: Strategic Discipline, One Thing, Stockdale Paradox, routine, Michelle Wick

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