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DISCIPLINE - A Principle of Greatness

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, May 20, 2019

“A culture of discipline is not a principle of business; it is a principle of greatness.” ~ Jim Collins, Good to Great

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Topics: Discipline, Strategic Discipline, Culture of Discipline, Jim Collins, Businesss Disciplines, Turning the Flywheel

How Long To Create a Habit?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Feb 12, 2018

“People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures.” 

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Topics: Discipline, Discipline Plan, Businesss Disciplines, habits, Winning Habit

Is Failing an Inside or Outside Job? – The Case for Culture

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jul 13, 2015

Failure is always an inside job.

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Topics: Jim Collins, Businesss Disciplines, Business Culture, Business Failure, How the Mighty Fall,

Three Proven Business (& Personal) Success Principles

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Oct 21, 2013

Routine Sets You Free!  

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Business Growth, Strategic Discipline, Business Priorities, Business Vision, Businesss Disciplines, Bone Marrow Transplant

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

Brown M&M’s - Tripwire for Business Discipline?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jul 8, 2013


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Topics: Work Process Flow Charts, Businesss Disciplines, Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and W, business tripwire

The Discipline Challenge – Rockefeller Habits Checklist

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Apr 1, 2013

What’s the problem with discipline? Repeatedly in this blog and in the works of Jim Collins in Good to Great, Great by Choice, How the Mighty Fal, Patrick Lencioni’s The Advantage, The Four Disciplines of Execution, and many other best practice and top thought leadership books we hear the principles of discipline continuously cited as critical to reaching success.

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Topics: Discipline, Great by Choice, Businesss Disciplines, Rockefeller Habits Checklist, Alan Rudy

Meeting Priorities - Either You Have Discipline or You Don’t

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jan 21, 2013

In May of 1941 the Great Britain was facing desperate times.  They were alone in the battle against the Nazi Germany and Italy’s Fascist State.  The continent of Europe was almost completely occupied by Axis powers and the Mediterranean and coast of North Africa were being attacked as well. This is the setting for one of my favorite wartime movies, Sink the Bismarck.

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Topics: Discipline, Strategic Discipline, meeting rhythms, priorities, Pearsons Law, metrics, Businesss Disciplines, Sink the Bismarck

What’s Your One Thing for the 1st Quarter? GVHD Update

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jan 10, 2013

I’m excited.  When my clients respond and do something that is powerful and gets them excited I am too!   Yesterday I got a PowerPoint from one of my client’s sharing their theme for the company for their first trimester of 2013!  It was incredibly well done, simple, powerful, clear and concise!   It’s their first effort to establish the Rockefeller Habits theme process although we’ve been working together for some time.  That’s often a good idea.  Start simple with the process of Strategic Discipline.  Less is More!  Get your leadership team fully understanding the fundamentals and then move forward with your theme to the company fully when you have your sea legs. 

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, One Thing, themes, Businesss Disciplines, Bone Marrow Transplant, Graft-Versus-Host Disease, GVHD, 4 Disciplines of Execution

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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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