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Annual Planning Agenda

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Dec 21, 2020

How did your annual planning work for 2020?

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Topics: Annual Plan, Annual Planning

Start, Stop, Keep – Required Annual Planning

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Dec 14, 2020

If you’re not approaching your Annual Planning process by asking your staff what you should start, stop, and keep doing, I strongly recommend you START doing it.

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Topics: Employee Feedback, Annual Plan, Employee Survey, Press Release, Annual Planning, Start Stop Keep Survey

Annual Planning – Fear or Purpose

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Dec 7, 2020

“Nobody knows enough to be a pessimist.” 

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Topics: Annual Plan, Core Purpose, Clarity of Purpose, Decisions Equal Success, Annual Planning

Annual Planning & Strategy Meeting

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jan 7, 2019

If you’ve already completed your Annual Planning & Strategy Meeting for 2019, congratulations!

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Topics: Annual Plan, Strategic Learning, Strategic Planning, Strategic Learning Cycle, Strategy vs. Planning

The Majority You Want Comes From the Minority You Do

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Dec 21, 2017

Inequality of effort for results is everywhere in your life if you simply look for it.

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Topics: Top Priority, Annual Plan, The One Thing, Pareto Principle, Everything Matters Equally

Everything Matters Equally – NOT, When You Pursue Your ONE THING

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Dec 18, 2017

Just returned from 10 days traveling of Annual and Quarterly Planning with my customers. I want to press upon you and your business, the importance of The One Thing.  It’s critical to make your 2018 successful.  Focus is a critical part of achievement.  In today’s world it’s easy to be distracted. In our last blog on Multitasking, Eliminate Multi-tasking - Achieve 28% Greater Productivity, we shared time the average time per day a desk job employee loses to interruptions and distractions (2.1 hours). We shared how being distracted lowers your IQ by up to 10 points.  Focus is important to productivity and concentration. When you believe everything matters equally, you are majoring in minors.  Today’s blog is a repeat of my introductory blog, The Six Lies Between You and Success. Thursday I plan to share further insights into the “Everything Matters Equally” Lie from Gary Keller’s  The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, as well as helpful insights on the results my customers achieve from using the One Thing principle in their business.

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Topics: Annual Plan, productivity, The One Thing, Quarterly Plans, To do Lists, Every Thing Matters Equally

Scaling Up Two Day Private Workshop (Annual & Quarterly Plan)

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Nov 30, 2017

Strategy and planning are often considered one and the same.

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Topics: 4-3-2-1 formula for business growth, Annual Plan, business coaching, Quarterly Plans, Coaching, 2-Day Scaling Up Private Workshop

Execution Growth Tools: Annual Planning, Quarterly Planning, and eNPS

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Mar 23, 2017

The following blog was published on March 9th of 2015.  I’m on vacation this week. With the first quarter of 2017 ending, I thought it a good time to remind you of the importance of quarterly planning and the value Annual planning provides for this. 

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Topics: quarterly meetings, Annual Plan, Strategic Planning, quarterly plan, eNPS

Change or Die Part II

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Mar 17, 2016

In my experience a lot of business leadership teams invest an exorbitant amount of time discussing and making changes on the wheels of the vehicle the company is driving, while very little time is invested in the direction for the vehicle the ultimate destination.

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Topics: quarterly meetings, One Thing, Top Priority, Annual Plan, priority, quarterly plan, Scrum

The Final Lie to Achieving Our One Thing: Big Is Bad.

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Dec 28, 2015

Do you remember the movie City Slickers?  

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Topics: One Thing, Top Priority, Annual Plan, priority, quarterly plan

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