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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

BO-lieving – Changing Habits for Business Growth

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Apr 21, 2014

Twelve exhausted athletes single file into the high school biology room of their new basketball coach.  It’s the first week of basketball season.  Entering a classroom is a unique experience for them.  Practices are in the main auditorium of the high school.  This is the first time they’ve ever been anywhere but the gym.  

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Topics: Business Growth, Strategic Discipline, habits, Business Culture, The Power of Habit

A Contrast in Business Culture - An NFL Lesson

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Fri, Feb 21, 2014

Could there be a greater contrast in the culture of two teams than the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and the Miami Dolphins?

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Topics: Culture of Discipline, positive reinforcement, Business Culture

Your Business Culture Creates Belief Structure

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Wed, Feb 19, 2014

Do you believe you’re a prisoner to your genes?  Is your family’s past afflictions, diseases, and maladies a prediction of your future? 

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Business Growth, People, Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the Wo, The Advantage, Business Culture, competitive advantage, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose

Strategic Statement of Values – Gaining Employee Engagement

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jul 25, 2013

Organizational direction in your company can come in several forms.  I’m going to divide them into the emotional and objective since they serve two different but critical purposes.  On the emotional side we look at what might be labeled as “Strategic Statement of Values.”  On the opposite side, the objective is the Strategic Objective Statement which produces the Strategy Statement we’ve discussed in previous blogs. 

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Topics: employee engagement, strategy, Business Culture, Q12, Employee Survey

Secret Weapon for Business Growth

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jul 18, 2013

Inside your business there’s a secret weapon that probably lies dormant.  You’re unaware of the latent potential it possess or didn’t realize how you can develop it in order to increase your capacity to grow.

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Topics: employee engagement, People, Organizational Health, Business Culture, Gallup's Q12 Employee Engagement Survey

Does Your Company Wear Its Culture?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, May 27, 2013

Do you display your company’s Core Values in your business?   Where?  Does everyone in your company to see them on a regular basis each day?  Do you have a War Room, or a public place where elements of your business like this, Strategy Statement, Core Purpose/Mission, Brand Promise are prominently on display?

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Topics: Core Values, Core Purpose, Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the Wo, The Advantage, Business Culture, How to Motivate Employees

Core Values Clarity – Building a Healthy Organization

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Mar 14, 2013

Wouldn’t it be great to have a filter on your hiring and recruiting process that could tell you whether your candidates fit your business? 

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Topics: Core Values, Patrick Lencioni, Jim Collins, Business Vision, The Advantage, Business Culture

Is Your Business Culture Shallow?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jan 7, 2013

Several nights ago I couldn’t sleep.  I began to think about my life and reflected upon a period of time when I was extremely shallow, at least in my pursuit of a relationship.  I’d been divorced for a couple of years, out of a relationship for a short time, and I began to focus on getting into a new relationship. However due to misplaced judgment and desire I concentrated on the physical part of the relationship. 

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Topics: Business Growth, Core Values, employee performance, Culture of Discipline, Business Culture

Teamwork: Hidden Gem to Business Growth and My Personal Progress

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Sun, Oct 21, 2012

Last blog, Is Good News Part of Your Business Culture, I closed with this quote, “If you could get all the people in an organization rowing in the same direction, you could dominate any industry, in any market, against any competition, at any time.”  Patrick Lencioni, Five Dysfunctions of a Team.

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Business Growth, One Thing, People, Organizational Health, Business Culture, the hidden gem in your business: teamwork, Achieve Execution Excellence

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