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Books You Need to Read - 5 Trends To Engage In

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Apr 3, 2017

Trends have become an increasing focus in our Gazelles coaching practices with our customers each Annual Planning session.

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Topics: Strategic Learning, Growth Summit. Learning, Strategic Learning Cycle

Growth Requires A Culture of Learning

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Oct 20, 2016

Next week I’ll be in Dallas attending the Fortune Sponsored Growth Summit Verne Harnish and our Gazelles coaches puts together twice annually.

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Topics: Growth Summit, Strategic Learning, Growth Summit. Learning, Strategic Learning Cycle

Create Your Strategic Learning Cycle

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Jul 15, 2013

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, Cadence of Accountability, meeting rhythms, Strategic Learning, Five Killer Competencies, Strategic Learning Cycle

Natures Lesson on Strategy “Never sit still”

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Jul 11, 2013

Nature generates variations through a massive and ceaseless set of experiments.  Mutations test a wide range of survival strategies.

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Topics: strategy, Strategic Learning, Strategic Planning

Execution Irony – Will Your Business Fail Due to Poor Execution?

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Jan 31, 2013

Is it cruel irony that for all the dedication Strategic Discipline concentrates on developing premier execution the reason your business will succeed or fail is not going to be due to how well you execute?  Strategic Discipline, flawless execution of determining your priorities, following your metrics and developing consistent accountability patterns through meeting rhythms is really a means to an end.

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Topics: counter intuitive business practice, Strategic Discipline, market dynamics, Strategic Learning, Execution, 4 Disciplines of Execution

Missing Discipline - Monthly Meeting Solution

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Aug 22, 2011

Every company talks about it, yet not many make the commitment and follow through.  That commitment is to training.  The monthly meeting is a structured, consistent discipline for training when following the agenda we suggest. 

There’s much more to the monthly meeting agenda, yet if it can accomplish one dedicated hour to improving your team’s education and learning it can reward your business many times over with improved efficiency and performance.

The Monthly Meeting should be held as soon as possible after the Financial Results are available from your Accounting Department. One of the most important aspects of the Monthly Meeting Cycle is to see how the organization is performing financially – in actuality – against Quarterly Priorities and Metrics.

The other primary aspect of the Monthly Meetings Rhythms is to spend some quality time evaluating progress on the Quarterly Priorities – and making decisions on any Corrective Actions that need to be taken, should performance not be tracking with the progress needed to deliver on all Accountabilities to the Plan from each SPA (Single Point of Accountability) – The WHO on the Who, What, When Accountability List.

When we speak of Mid-Course Adjustments, we are speaking of precisely that – WHAT is your Corrective Action to get your Accountability back on Plan? While there may be explanations offered in this environment, there can be no excuses for failing to deliver on one’s accountabilities to the Plan.

You will also want to devote time to one or two lengthier subjects of either Strategic or Tactical/Operational Issues. Pick an item or two which need an immediate and a wider level of discussion or discovery -- usually something that is taking shape as an Obstacle or a Chokepoint – and drill down on the subject, with the intention of advancing solutions to remove the obstacle or the chokepoint, before it begins eroding or affecting results.

This Meeting should run about 1-2 hours, and no more. Maintain focused discipline in managing the timeframe, and make every minute together count.”

Here’s our suggested agenda for the Monthly meeting:

  • 15 Minutes -  Review Priorities and Last Meetings Actions.   

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Topics: Accountability, Training, monthly meetings, meetings, Strategic Learning, Education & Training

Employee Engagement: Answer These Employee Questions?

Posted by Douglas Wick on Wed, Jul 6, 2011

In Leadership’s Mission we discussed the critical need to satisfy spiritual resources first in building your business.  Win the hearts and minds of your employees and then the right strategy pays dividends.  The question becomes, how do you accomplish this and exactly what questions do my employees have that I need to satisfy.

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, Core Values, Core Purpose, meeting rhythms, Strategic Learning

The High Ground – Your Dashboard

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Jun 23, 2011

Having a vantage point over your competitor is always a good thing.  In war armies seek the high ground to provide an advantage over their enemy.  As we move toward another Fourth of July I’ve been spending some of my free time reviewing books on the greatest battle that occurred on American soil.  In the three days leading up to July 4th in 1863 the Federal army occupied the high ground around Gettysburg, turning it into an advantage that defeated General Lee’s confederate armies. The victory eventually led to the reunion of our nation.  At Gettysburg the high ground determined the victor.

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, Business Dashboards, metrics, measurement, Strategic Learning

Execution or Bad Choices – Why Do Businesses Fail

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Aug 26, 2010

Why do most businesses fail?  It’s natural to assume most businesses fail due to poor execution.  The answer may surprise you. 

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, meeting rhythms, priorities, metrics, Strategic Learning, Execution

Strategic Learning - Five Killer Competencies

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Aug 9, 2010

A fundamental principal of Gazelles coaching is learning plus coaching equals growth.  The book Strategic Learning, by Willie Pietersen confirms and reinforces these principals.   The author points out that the key is to focus learning to shift from strategy as planning to strategy as learning, and thus to the new mission of strategy: to create an adaptive enterprise.

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, Aubrey Daniels, Strategic Learning, VUCA, Five Killer Competencies


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