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Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Aug 3, 2017

I grew up in Wisconsin.

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Topics: Topgrading, Topgrading, People Decisions,, People Development, Talent Review, Growing Your People

Topgrading Competency Interview – Uncover Candidates Key Data

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jul 27, 2017

We’re in the process of interviewing two very qualified candidates for the position of Operations Resource at a supply chain management company, World Class Industries.

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Topics: People, People Decisions, Topgrading, The Right People, Core Competencies, Tandem Interview

12 Steps to Topgrading – Scaling Up Summit (San Antonio)

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, May 22, 2017

Ever been in a situation where you’re working on something, when suddenly more information arrives to help you?

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Topics: People Decisions, Growth Summit, Topgrading, Topgrading, People Decisions,, Scale Up Summit San Antonio

Hiring for Attitude

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, May 16, 2016

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Topics: Topgrading, hiring decisions, Cost of Mis-hire, Topgrading, People Decisions,, Attitude

Teams or Individuals – Scrum Lessons

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Mar 21, 2016

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Topics: People, People Decisions, Topgrading, Scrum

Core Competencies Interview - Topgrading

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Oct 12, 2015

In Take No Short Cuts to Hiring we looked at the process of recruiting and interviewing candidates for a Chief Operating Officer for one of my customers using the Topgrading Process.

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Topics: People Decisions, Topgrading, hiring decisions, The Right People

Take No Short Cuts to Hiring

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Sep 14, 2015

Your business is growing.  Your capacity and desire to manage the company is not only beyond your capacity it’s also something you don’t enjoy.  You’re the rainmaker for your business, and you love selling and the relationship aspect of the business.  The details don’t interest you.  Better to leave these to your administration team.

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Topics: A Players, Topgrading, hiring decisions, recruiting, Snap Shot Page

Rockefeller Habits 4 Decisions Tools – People Continued

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Feb 9, 2015

What can managers do to improve their people?  Our review of the resources and tools that Rockefeller Habits and Positioning Systems can provide your growing enterprise continues with a look at the remaining tools we provide our customers with to improve People. You can read the first group of People tools and resources at Rockefeller Habits 4 Decisions Tools – People.

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Topics: Business Growth, People, Four Decisions, Topgrading, One on One coaching, Orientation and Onboarding

NFL Draft – Hiring the Right People – One Question

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, May 8, 2014

What’s the first question you need to determine about the people you consider hiring?

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Topics: Core Values, Core Purpose, A Players, Topgrading, hiring decisions, NFL Draft

It Starts With the Right People

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Feb 3, 2014

A fundamental principle of Good to Great and The Rockefeller Habits is the first place to grow your business is People.  People is one of the Four Decisions in growing your business, that you must get right or risk leaving significant revenues, profits, and time on the table. If you don’t recall Jim Collins quote from Good to Great, you should keep it somewhere on your desk as a constant reminder, “First who than what.” 
People, Collins states, are more important that the product or service you provide.

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Topics: employee engagement, People, Four Decisions, A Players, Topgrading, Gallup's Q12 Employee Engagement Survey

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