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Drive Versus Passion – Randy Komisar Las Vegas Growth Summit

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Nov 10, 2014

Is there a difference between being driven to do something and being passionate about it?

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Topics: Core Purpose, Growth Summit, Passion, Exponential Organization, MTP, The Monk and the Riddle: The Art of Creating a Lif

Want To or How To: People & Core Purpose

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Aug 28, 2014

What’s more important?  Want to or how to? 

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Topics: Business Growth, People, Core Purpose, Business Culture

Johnson & Johnson’s Core Purpose Repercussion

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jul 31, 2014

What’s your Core Purpose?  We’ve discussed this subject several times, and it’s revealing that Greg McKeown in Essentialism speaks to it as well. 

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Topics: Decision-Making, Core Purpose, less is more, Clarity of Purpose

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

The Base for 6 Guiding Questions for High Performers

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, May 12, 2014

How do you find people that share the right values?

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Topics: Good to Great, Core Values, People, People Decisions, Core Purpose, Jim Collins

NFL Draft – Hiring the Right People – One Question

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, May 8, 2014

What’s the first question you need to determine about the people you consider hiring?

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Topics: Core Values, Core Purpose, A Players, Topgrading, hiring decisions, NFL Draft

Toastmasters Mission (Core Purpose) is Clear – Is Yours?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Apr 28, 2014

Most of us struggle to get out of our comfort zone.  Yet it’s the one thing, done frequently that can dramatically transform our performance. 

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Topics: Training, Leadership Training, leadership, training and education, Core Purpose

First Monday of New Year – Business Growth: Survive & Thrive in 2014

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jan 6, 2014

It’s the first Monday of 2014!  David Allen, author of Getting Things Done and past Fortune/Gazelles Growth Summit speaker, recommends this day (or possibly another between Christmas and the New Year) as an excellent day to clean out your office, getting rid of anything you haven’t used in the past year. 

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Business Growth, Core Purpose, Bone Marrow Transplant, Seven Strata of Strategy, Stockdale Paradox, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose, Joe Dispensa

What’s Your Passion? What Are You Best At? (Hedgehog Concept)

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Nov 11, 2013

In The Hedgehog Concept we discussed the intersection of three circles that provide your One Thing Focus for the strategy of your business.  Where do you find or discover the elements that comprise the three circles?   If you’ve completed portions of your One Page Strategic Plan you’ll have made progress toward understanding what these are. 

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Topics: Core Purpose, Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the Wo, Patrick Lencioni, Profit per X, Hedgehog Concept, Organizational Health, Brand Promise, BHAG, Brand Ideal

Finding the Energy to Defeat Cancer – Purpose

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

Almost two years ago I sat in a hospital room with my wife, my oldest son, and Dr Zenk.  Dr. Zenk gave me the news that I had Acute Myeloid Leukemia.  He was as direct as he could possibly be.  He explained that I would need chemotherapy treatment and if successful a bone marrow transplant.  He noted that typically patients who undergo this type of treatment are out of work a year or more.   He didn’t need to explain that treatment would be expensive. The thought of being out of work for a year, as the sole wage earner for my family, set me back.  How would my family survive?  How would I feel knowing the impossible challenge I’d just put my family in? I was devastated! I cannot recall ever feeling so low. 

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, employee engagement, employee performance, Core Purpose, Bone Marrow Transplant, The Power of Full Engagement, Michelle Wick

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