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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

Tools to Measure Employee Performance

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Aug 31, 2015

In our last blog Amazon’s Culture Flaws? we shared the NY Times article Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace. Remarks from employees suggest increased pressure in Amazon’s environment to perform. 

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Topics: employee engagement, employee performance, People, leadership, A Players, Leadership Team

A Players - The Magic Number is 24

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Aug 17, 2015

What does an A Player look like?

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Topics: A Players, Leadership DNA, Leadership Team

Balance - Core Values/Purpose and Big Hair Audacious Goals

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, May 15, 2014

One of my clients just lost a valued employee from their leadership team.  One of the reasons she decided to leave was the pressure she felt from her boss to perform in sales.  She had recently accepted a promotion to sales from her marketing position. This year she’d been working on a very large prospect that would very likely have topped the company’s previous best ever customer.  She gotten them a commitment just not the full commitment that the company sales procedure outlines.  It created conflict and anxiety as she worked to close them to a long term engagement. 

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Topics: Core Values, Core Purpose, Employee Evaluations, A Players, Business Culture, BHAG, Peformance Matix

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

Will Business Coaching Work for you?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Wed, Feb 20, 2013

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Topics: Objective Management Group, A Players, Strength Based Leadership, business coaching

Versatile Accountability Tool: Topgrading Job Summary Scorecard

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Tue, Jan 8, 2013

When you move into hiring phase for your business are you absolutely sure what you are looking for?  In fact when you look at your current staff positions are you confident each of your people know exactly what’s required of them to fulfill their jobs on a daily basis? 

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Topics: Good to Great, Accountability, A Players, Topgrading, A Level, Job Summary Scorecard

Change: Did Henry Ford Practice Topgrading?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Sep 20, 2012

One of the dramatic influences I’ve been forced to embrace is change.  The Acute Myeloid Leukemia I encountered on February 25th dramatically changed my life.  It forced change upon me and it also made me more open to change.  In another blog I will discuss these changes more.  Today let’s focus on an icon in industry that faced the need to change.

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, People, A Players, Topgrading, Greatest Business Decisions of All Time, keys to good decision making

Are Your People The Priority They Should be?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Tue, Sep 4, 2012

If you’re not a fan of college football, and you’re a business owner there’s one thing you should pay close attention to for growing your business.  It’s Jim Collins principal for Good To Great, First Who, Then What.  If you look at the college football rankings this week you’ll see a list of teams (Alabama, USC, LSU, Oregon, Oklahoma, Florida State, Georgia and Arkansas) that are perennially on the top ranked college football teams.  Why?

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Business Growth, People, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits, Four Decisions, Jim Collins, A Players

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