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Jim Collins 12 Questions - Take Your Company from Good to Great # 6-9

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Apr 6, 2015

Have you wanted to move your company from Good to Great?  Jim Collins offered 12 Questions to help you do exactly that at the recent Australian Growth Summit. 

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Topics: Good to Great, Great by Choice, 10Xers, Fire bullets then Cannonballs, Productive Paranoia, Jim Collins 12 Questions, Clock Building, Return on Luck, How the Mighty Fall,

12 QUESTIONS to Take You From Good To Great - #1 & 2

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Mar 30, 2015

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Topics: Discipline, Good to Great, Strategic Discipline, 10Xers, Jim Collins, Level 5 Leadership, FACe exercise: Functional Accountability Exercise

Change is Hard; Figuring Out What Works is Harder - Great by Choice.

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Aug 7, 2014

This week I reintroduce the concept of SMaC to one of my customers in our Trimester Planning meeting.  SMaC stands for Simple, Methodical and Consistent, as presented in Great by Choice by Jim Collins.  I was struck by the irony SMaC reveals about successful companies.  Most everyone acknowledges how difficult it is to accomplish change.  Yet in Great by Choice their research discovered that poor performing companies change frequently, while great companies change less often. At a scale of 4 to 1.   

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Topics: Discipline, Great by Choice, 10Xers, change, SMaC Recipe, SMaC

Time Management: Use It or Lose It

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Sep 23, 2013

Overuse.  In the Power of Full Engagement the authors use an example of a sprinter versus a long distance runner.  The picture here suggests the contrast of someone who is constantly overusing their energy resources versus the person who recovers after short sprints.  Underuse could dramatically show someone who is obese, fails to exercise at all.  Yet the important thing to recognize is the critical balance we must make in using our energy and not using it.  

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Topics: 10Xers, employee performance, time management, performance, Balance, The Power of Full Engagement, stress, Stengel 50

Great By Choice Third Core Behavior – Productive Paranoia

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Apr 25, 2013

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Topics: Great by Choice, 10Xers, Best Business Practices, Level Five Ambition, Productive Paranoia

Great by Choice 10Xer’s Empirical Creativity – Andy Grove Intel

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Apr 22, 2013

When Andy Grove, CEO of Intel, discovered in 1994 that he may have a tumor the size of a cube of sugar growing in his prostate gland he didn’t take the immediate step his doctor suggested. Visit his urologist. 

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Topics: Discipline, Great by Choice, 10Xers, leadership, Culture of Discipline, Best Business Practices, 4 Disciplines of Execution, Empirical Creativity

The 20 Mile March Discipline – Great by Choice

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Mar 28, 2013

Why all this focus on Great by Choice?

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, Great by Choice, 10Xers, fanatic discipline, SMaC, 20 Mile March

Have You Defined What Not To Do – Great by Choice SMaC Recipe

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Mar 25, 2013

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Topics: Great by Choice, 10Xers, fanatic discipline, SMaC Recipe, less is more, SMaC, Southwest Airlines

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