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Start with WHY – The Golden Circle Story

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Dec 6, 2021

If the great resignation or turnover crisis is a cultural crisis for businesses, then understanding your WHY/Core Purpose is critical to prevent it from disrupting you.  

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Topics: employee engagement, Core Purpose, Employee retention, Core Purpose, Clarity of Purpose,, Simon Sinek, Why Employees Leave

Hubert Jolly’s Best Buy Turnaround “Work is Love Made Visible.”

Posted by Douglas Wick on Tue, Jul 13, 2021

“Always you have been told that work is a curse and labour a misfortune. But I say to you that when you work you fulfill a part of earth’s furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born, And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life. And to love life through labour is to be intimate with life’s inmost secret.”

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Topics: Core Purpose, Clarity of Purpose, Purpose, P-Squared (Passion & Purpose), Hubert Jolly, The Heart of Business

Annual Planning – Fear or Purpose

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Dec 7, 2020

“Nobody knows enough to be a pessimist.” 

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Topics: Annual Plan, Core Purpose, Clarity of Purpose, Decisions Equal Success, Annual Planning

Strategy - What is Your Winning Aspiration?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Aug 27, 2018

Great strategy is making choices.

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Topics: Core Purpose, strategy, strategy decisions, Playing To Win, Your Winning Aspiration

Build A Cathedral – OUTthinkers Strategy: BE GOOD

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Aug 31, 2017

Brick Layers

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Topics: Core Purpose, strategy, OUTTHINK THE COMPETITION, Strategy Decision, BE GOOD

Transparency Raises Belief and Commitment

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Mar 9, 2017

Over the weekend, I watched HBO’s The Gathering Storm and Into the Storm, the story of Winston Churchill’s climb, tenure, and eventual departure as Prime Minister of the British Empire. 

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Topics: Core Purpose, Great Game of Business, Core Purpose, Clarity of Purpose,

HEDGEHOG CONCEPT Three Circles Signal Greatness

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Aug 25, 2016

Would you like to find a predictor for your business achieving greatness?

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Topics: Good to Great, Core Purpose, Jim Collins, Profit per X, Hedgehog Concept, Brand Promise

Your BHAG Journey

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Aug 11, 2016

Creating your BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) as Jim Collins describes and shares, is an iterative process.  It rarely is achieved in a few meetings, or without completing several very important milestones for your business.  Included in these are these three elements of your Hedgehog Concept: Core Purpose, Profit Per X and Brand Promise.

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Topics: Core Purpose, The Inside Advantage, WHO WHAT HOW The Inside Advantage, Profit per X, Hedgehog Concept, Brand Promise, BHAG

Great Brands Start Inside – Denise Lee Yohn (Atlanta Growth Summit)

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jun 6, 2016

It’s often the place I find new customers resist reviewing and working on. 

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Topics: Core Values, People, Core Purpose, Growth Summit, Harmonious Culture of Accountability, Great Brands

Purpose - The Dickens of Your One Thing

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jan 18, 2016

My favorite Christmas Movie, and possibly my favorite movie of all time, stars Alistair Sims in Charles Dickens, Christmas Carol.”  Every Christmas Eve I make time to watch it.  It doesn’t seem like Christmas without it. 

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Topics: One Thing, Core Purpose, Clarity of Purpose, Purpose

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