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Are Best Practices Dead?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Feb 8, 2018

Digital is taking over every aspect of business.

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Topics: best practices of growth companies, Best Business Practices, strategy decisions, OUTTHINK THE COMPETITION, Outthinker Process, Digital Disruption, Speed

One Pattern Focus, A Keystone Habit, Can Change Everything

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Sep 22, 2014

Habits can be a curse or a benefit. 

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Topics: Business Growth, One Thing, Business Priorities, best practices of growth companies, habits, The Power of Habit, Keystone Habit

Effective Quarterly Meeting Planning

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Sep 4, 2014

What does an effective quarterly meeting look like?

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Topics: quarterly meetings, meeting rhythms, best practices of growth companies, meetings

Positive Reinforcement – Focus Praise on Behaviors

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jul 7, 2014

On my laptop that I frequently take to client meetings is a picture of my family including my wife, Michelle.  Occasionally I get compliments on how attractive she and my family is.  I often relay this to her and I frequently tell her how attractive she is.

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Topics: Employee Feedback, Employee Recognition, employee performance, People, positive reinforcement, best practices of growth companies, human behavior, How to Motivate Employees, human behavior performance

OWN IT – Create Imaginative Acts – Inside Advantage

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Mar 17, 2014

The intention of discovering your Inside Advantage is to announce it to your prospects and customers.  If you want to know what an imaginative act looks like look no further than Steve Jobs and several of his announcements for Apple including his 2007 introduction of the iPhone. 

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Topics: Business Growth, The Inside Advantage, WHO WHAT HOW The Inside Advantage, best practices of growth companies, Uncommon Offering, Southwest Airlines, Your Core Customer

Discipline - Steve Job’s First Step to Remake Apple

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Mar 21, 2013

The greatest marketer and innovator on the planet returns to his former company, Apple, and what is his first step?  In Great by Choice, Jim Collins uses Apple as one of the comparison companies.  His research looked at 1972-2002, and Steve Jobs didn’t return to Apple until 1997. But consider Jobs’ first move:

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Topics: Discipline, Great by Choice, Discipline Plan, best practices of growth companies, Best Business Practices, Rockefeller Habits Checklist, Steve Jobs

Top Ten Elements to Drive Business Growth - 4-3-2-1 Formula

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Fri, Nov 30, 2012

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Topics: 4-3-2-1 formula for business growth, Annual Plan, Four Decisions, best practices of growth companies, Rockefeller Habits Checklist, rockefeller habits 4-3-2-1 growth formula

Weekly Meeting Rhythms – Pass On The Company’s Leadership DNA

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, May 7, 2012


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Topics: Leadership Training, meeting rhythms, Leadership DNA, best practices of growth companies

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