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Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jan 9, 2023

Many people invest a good deal of time making new year’s resolutions.

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Business Dashboards, Build Business Dashboard, Business System, Dashboards, Systems & Process, Atomic Habits, Track Your Progress

Goals or Systems – Focus on Activities to Achieve Success

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Feb 28, 2022

What exactly does James Clear mean by, You Do Not Rise to the Level of Your Goals. You Fall to the Level of Your Systems?”

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Topics: Business Dashboards, Build Business Dashboard, Dashboards, Systems & Process, Goal Achievment, Atomic Habits, James Clear

Individual Dashboards

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Oct 9, 2017

My dad was a private pilot.  He owned his own airplane, a 1956 Cessna 172.  The dashboard for his plane wasn’t as elaborate at the one shown here.  He knew exactly what each meter meant and where it had to be to fly the airplane safely and get us where we wanted to go. 

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Topics: Business Dashboards, Create Business Dashboard and Scorecard, Build Business Dashboard, Individual Dashboard, OKR - Objectives and Key Results, Happiness is a Direction

Is There A Corollary to Pearson’s Law?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Oct 5, 2017

One of the most enlightened, yet subtle lessons a business can learn is Pearson’s Law:

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Topics: employee performance, Business Dashboards, Pearson's Law, measurement, Performance Management, Individual Plan, Individual Dashboard

SmartTribes – How to Deliver Accountability

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jul 30, 2015

Since listening to Christine Comaford speak at the Orlando Growth Summit I’ve been reading and listening to her book SmartTribes extracting valuable nuggets on how to grow your business.

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Topics: Accountability, success criteria, Business Dashboards, Smart Tribes

Dashboards – Starting a New Employee Right

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jul 20, 2015

Many companies and managers believe a dashboard is a great way to keep their staff focused on the metrics and priority that they should be targeting for quarterly and weekly objectives.

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, Business Dashboards, One on One coaching

Why Meeting Rhythms are a Critical Strategic Discipline

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Apr 27, 2015

Why Doug?  Why should we do daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual meetings?

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Topics: weekly meetings, Business Growth, Balanced Priorities, meeting rhythms, Business Dashboards, pattern recognition, Radical Change, Radical Stability

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

The Most Important Element for Business Success

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Sep 5, 2013

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Topics: Discipline, Good to Great, Business Growth, Strategic Discipline, Business Priorities, Business Dashboards, Jim Collins, Businesss Disciplines

Dashboards Bring Out The Best

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Tue, Sep 3, 2013

As a leader the biggest kick I received was seeing my people succeed.  Years ago while still in the broadcasting field I attended an industry conference in Dallas.  There a former sales person approached me and fawned over the training and experience she’d gained working for me.  She was now a radio station general manager and doing extremely well for a sizeable radio station group in Minnesota.  I was overwhelmed.  I had no idea how well she had done, nor would she attribute much of her success to my contribution.

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Topics: employee engagement, Accountability, weekly meetings, employee performance, Business Dashboards, Build Business Dashboard, productivity

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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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