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When Everyone’s Responsible, No One Is!

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jun 18, 2015

This week in a weekly meeting with one of my customers the team discussed how they’d failed to follow through on a specific assignment they’d discussed for a father’s day promotion.  It started as a brainstorming session and wrapped up with an idea to promote a specific product.  Everyone agreed that it was a great idea, yet no one took responsibility to implement it and take initiative.  (For more on this subject check out The Leadership Difference - Responsibility and Accountability.)

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Topics: Accountability, People, People Decisions

Increase Accountability with OKRs – Objectives and Key Results

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Dec 29, 2014

You’re probably familiar with the term KPI’s or Key Performance Indicators.  KPI’s are driven by top-down leadership decisions.  These are the Key Performance Indicators for the company based on the Annual, Quarterly and Trimester planning and strategy meetings businesses have to set direction for the business.

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Topics: Accountability, employee performance, meeting rhythms, Alignment, precision and specificity

Scale up - Mastering the Rockefeller Habits 4 Decisions Workshop

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Oct 23, 2014

Have you considered whether or not your business needs a business coach?  Do you have the right structure for Annual and Quarterly Planning?  What elements of Strategy or Execution can your business do better to achieve increased results?

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Topics: quarterly meetings, Accountability, 4-3-2-1 formula for business growth, Catalyst, Annual Plan, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits, Four Decisions, Alignment

Pearson’s Law

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Aug 11, 2014

I’m on vacation this week so I’m reposting a couple of blogs that contain messages that warrant repeating.  Pearson’s Law, originally written 12-15-08, exemplifies the importance of metrics and Positioning Systems Strategic Discipline formula. It’s largely reprinted with a few minor additions. Do you want to see dramatic improvement in your people’s performance?  Read further.

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Topics: employee engagement, Accountability, employee performance, Business Dashboards, Pearsons Law

Focus on Priorities – Eisenhower Matrix

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jun 9, 2014

Without a priority the Whirlwind wins!  Each day you face a myriad of tasks involving your “day job.”  Everything you do day-to-day robs you from focusing on the really important things that are important but not urgent.

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Topics: Accountability, Decision-Making, whirlwind of business, leadership, reponsibility, keys to good decision making, Eisenhower Matrix

Raising the Bar on Accountability

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jun 5, 2014

In our Rockefeller Habits recommend weekly meetings agenda there is a specific time focused on accountabilities.  We discussed previously the value of peer pressure in these meetings in Accountability - Three Reasons Group Meetings Produce Better. Check it out to discover the three reasons group meetings do better at accountability. 

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Topics: Accountability, weekly meetings, employee performance, Best Business Practices, reponsibility

The Leadership Difference - Responsibility and Accountability

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Mar 24, 2014

It’s appropriate to discuss responsibility and accountability immediately after the first week of the NCAA tournament.  The most recent report by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, 2014 report indicates employers "stand to lose at least $1.2 billion for every unproductive work hour during the first week of the tournament."

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Topics: Accountability, Work Process Flow Charts, People, leadership, reponsibility

Quarterly Meeting Review – Analyze Success and Failures

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jan 27, 2014

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Topics: quarterly meetings, Employee Recognition, Accountability, employee performance, success criteria, Meetings a Cadence of Accountability

Three Barriers to Business Growth - #2 Process

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Wed, Nov 27, 2013

What is preventing your business from growing?  Why do only .3% of the nearly 30 Million US businesses every get beyond $10 Million dollars?

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Topics: Accountability, Business Growth, Work Process Flow Charts, Barriers to Business Growth, Execution

What Are Your Accountability Standards?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Oct 24, 2013

How do you measure accountability?

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Topics: Accountability, weekly meetings, Culture of Discipline, Meetings a Cadence of Accountability

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

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