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Leading Indicators – Influence and Predict Outcomes

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Sep 11, 2023

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Topics: leading indicators, leading and lagging indicators, 4 Disciplines of Execution, Prediction, Extraordinary Results, Influence

What’s Working What’s Not – Monthly Meeting

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Aug 10, 2017

In our Gazelles and Strategic Discipline’s Monthly Meetings there’s a segment of the meeting dedicated to What’s Working and What’s Not.

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, meeting rhythms, monthly meetings, 4 Disciplines of Execution, What's Working & What's Not

Create A Winning Habit

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jul 13, 2017

Why is it some organizations continue to Win year after year?

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, Four Disciplines of Execution, Execution, 4 Disciplines of Execution, Winning Habit

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

Execute Meeting Rhythms – A Cadence of Accountability

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Fri, Feb 22, 2013

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Topics: Accountability, meeting rhythms, Death by Meeting, Execution, 4 Disciplines of Execution

Without Top Priority “Whirlwind” Wins

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Feb 4, 2013

Who is the real enemy of execution?  It’s your day job!

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Topics: Accountability, Strategic Discipline, whirlwind of business, employee performance, Business Dashboards, The Advantage, Alignment, Execution, 4 Disciplines of Execution, business clarity

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

Posted by Douglas A 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

What’s Your One Thing for the 1st Quarter? GVHD Update

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jan 10, 2013

I’m excited.  When my clients respond and do something that is powerful and gets them excited I am too!   Yesterday I got a PowerPoint from one of my client’s sharing their theme for the company for their first trimester of 2013!  It was incredibly well done, simple, powerful, clear and concise!   It’s their first effort to establish the Rockefeller Habits theme process although we’ve been working together for some time.  That’s often a good idea.  Start simple with the process of Strategic Discipline.  Less is More!  Get your leadership team fully understanding the fundamentals and then move forward with your theme to the company fully when you have your sea legs. 

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, One Thing, themes, Businesss Disciplines, Bone Marrow Transplant, Graft-Versus-Host Disease, GVHD, 4 Disciplines of Execution

Are There Three or Four Disciplines to Execution?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Sun, Dec 9, 2012

In Top Ten Elements to Drive Business Growth - 4-3-2-1 Formula we provided Four Decisions, Three Disciplines, Two Drivers and One Catalyst as the keys to grow your small to mid-sized business.  The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, Jim Huling suggests there are Four Disciplines and supports this with examples and evidence of companies who have achieved success following these four disciplines. 

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Topics: Discipline, Strategic Discipline, Four Disciplines of Execution, Execution, 4 Disciplines of Execution, top priorities, Wildly Important Goals

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