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The Anatomy of THE ONE THING QUESTION: Build a Success Habit

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Jan 9, 2017

What’s the deal Doug?  Why all these continuing blogs on the One Thing?

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, Top Priority, The One Thing, Focusing Question, First Domino, Success Habit

Change or Die Part II

Posted by Douglas 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

One Thing – Live By Priority

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Jan 25, 2016

In Purpose - The Dickens of Your One Thing, Ebenezer Scrooge discovered, life is driven by the purpose we give it. There’s a catch Scrooge confronted. Purpose shapes our lives only in direct proportion to the power of the priority you and I connect it to.

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Topics: One Thing, planning, Top Priority, priority, Willpower, Power in the Moment

Your First One Thing – The Focusing Question

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, Dec 31, 2015

How do you know what your first One Thing should be?

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Topics: One Thing, Top Priority, business coaching

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

Posted by Douglas 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

Would You Fire Someone for Violating Your Core Values?

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Sep 15, 2014

May 1996, Paul O’Neil, (discussed in One Thing: Are Meeting Rhythms Keystone Habits?) had been at Alcoa for a decade.  His leadership is studied at Harvard Business School and Kennedy School of Government, he’s mentioned as a candidate for commerce secretary or secretary of defense, the employees and union give him high marks.  Alcoa’s stock price has risen over 200%.  He’s an acknowledged success.

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Topics: Business Growth, Top Priority, Core Values, habits, Business Culture, Keystone Habit

A Story of Courage – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Aug 4, 2014

Do you have the courage and conviction to say no?

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Topics: Decision-Making, Top Priority, priority, less is more, time management

Metrics - Measure The Result You Want To Achieve

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Apr 2, 2012

Measuring results isn’t always easy.  Let’s take my situation here in the hospital.  The nurses, physicians and support team are all surprised and amazed at my health and attitude throughout my chemotherapy treatments.  Beyond two short and slight fevers, plus a few rashes, and my hair loss I’ve had no real outward consequences from the chemotherapy.  Yet never confuse efforts with results.

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Topics: leukemia, One Thing, Top Priority, priorities, metrics

Bookend Your Day – Darren Hardy’s Success Discipline

Posted by Douglas Wick on Wed, May 25, 2011

Since hearing Darren Hardy speak about the Compound Effect and the discipline required for success I’ve been working on establishing the rituals he recommended.  Although I’ve considered myself to be a pretty disciplined person, the disciplines Hardy describes require a tenacity and determination that few are willing to follow.

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Topics: Discipline, Top Priority, priority

Discipline and Persistence Closes the Deal

Posted by Douglas Wick on Thu, May 5, 2011

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Topics: Discipline, Top Priority, Growth Summit, Sales Discipline


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The Strategic Discipline Blog focuses on small to midsize business owners with a ravenous appetite to improve his or her leadership skills and business results.

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