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Change is Hard; Figuring Out What Works is Harder - Great by Choice.

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Aug 7, 2014

This week I reintroduce the concept of SMaC to one of my customers in our Trimester Planning meeting.  SMaC stands for Simple, Methodical and Consistent, as presented in Great by Choice by Jim Collins.  I was struck by the irony SMaC reveals about successful companies.  Most everyone acknowledges how difficult it is to accomplish change.  Yet in Great by Choice their research discovered that poor performing companies change frequently, while great companies change less often. At a scale of 4 to 1.   

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Topics: Discipline, Great by Choice, 10Xers, change, SMaC Recipe, SMaC

When to Change Your Top Priorities

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Mar 8, 2012

In less than 24 hours ten days ago, from Friday to Saturday the following day, my world spun 180 degrees or more. (See A Personal Story – Can You Sell Your Business?)

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Topics: Discipline, Acute Myeloid Luekemia, quarterly meetings, Strategic Discipline, change, Compounding

Rip Van Winkle’s Leadership Lesson from Martin Luther King

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Sun, Jan 15, 2012

Remember the story of Rip Van Winkle?  You probably remember he slept for 20 years, but little else.

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, change, leadership, meeting rhythms, priorities, metrics

Exploit Change with Strategic Discipline

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, May 2, 2011

Due to changing technology, economic pressures, and evolving demographics, Multipliers’’ Co-Author Greg McKeown sees significant changes ahead for business in their organizational strategy and management of employees.  We outlined some of these in the previous two blogs, manager’s role defined and Change Ahead.

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Topics: collective intelligence, Strategic Discipline, change, meeting rhythms, Multipliers, pattern recognition

Change Ahead - Applying Egypt’s Revolution to Your Organization

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Fri, Apr 29, 2011

Are there any implications your business can learn from the Egyptian Revolution?  Multipliers co author Greg McKeown predicts events like this and the Libyan revolution may foreshadow undercurrents that will impact your business.   As we’ve noted in this blog before the two most critical elements of leadership are the ability to predict and delegate.   Just like Scrooge in Dickens Christmas Carol these events may foresee what’s ahead for business.

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Topics: Bringing Out the Best In People, change, Topgrading, Multipliers

Fifth Key to Discipline Rituals: Support

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Apr 18, 2011

Let’s review the key steps to developing rituals and establishing change and introduce key number five – enlisting support.  Here are the five keys:

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Topics: Discipline, change, leadership, rituals, habits, support

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