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Does Your Company Wear Its Culture?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, May 27, 2013

Do you display your company’s Core Values in your business?   Where?  Does everyone in your company to see them on a regular basis each day?  Do you have a War Room, or a public place where elements of your business like this, Strategy Statement, Core Purpose/Mission, Brand Promise are prominently on display?

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Topics: Core Values, Core Purpose, Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the Wo, The Advantage, Business Culture, How to Motivate Employees

The Ideal Growth Tree – Five Must Do’s To Live Your Core Purpose

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, May 28, 2012

As a business coach I’ve discovered there are two opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to why a business doesn’t create a set of ideals, or as Jim Stengel calls it the Brand Ideal. 

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Topics: Employee Feedback, employee engagement, Strategic Discipline, Core Purpose, Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the Wo, use of energy

Four Decisions – People

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jan 30, 2012

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Topics: employee engagement, Core Values, People, Core Purpose, Four Decisions, BHAG

Performance Trumps Everything Right?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jan 9, 2012

In your business do you place the highest priority on measuring performance and productivity?  Sales revenue, units sold, profit margin, efficiency standards.  Are these gold standard in your business?

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Topics: Net Promoter Score, employee engagement, Core Values, employee performance, Core Purpose

Employee Engagement: Inspire Your Team

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Tue, Jan 3, 2012

Are you ready to get 2012 off to a roaring start?  Would you like to get your team more inspired this year?  Mike Schulte, Fleck Sales, earlier this year shared a video on what inspires your team.  People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it.  It’s the soft spot in your business that is frequently ignored or not valued as critically as is required.  This subjective aspect of your business is included as Core Values, Core Purpose on your One Page Strategic Plan.  They are often overlooked.  Jim Collins in Built to Last, and Good to Great provided supportive proof that these elements are critical to business success.  This video Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action offers insight into why you need the “WHY” in your business.

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Topics: employee engagement, Core Values, Core Purpose, performance

Employee Engagement: Answer These Employee Questions?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Wed, Jul 6, 2011

In Leadership’s Mission we discussed the critical need to satisfy spiritual resources first in building your business.  Win the hearts and minds of your employees and then the right strategy pays dividends.  The question becomes, how do you accomplish this and exactly what questions do my employees have that I need to satisfy.

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, Core Values, Core Purpose, meeting rhythms, Strategic Learning

Leadership’s First Mission: Fulfill Spiritual Resources

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jun 27, 2011

Several of my clients and prospects have recently asked for my coaching help to elevate the management teams in their organizations.  The question often asked is how do you go about improving leaders and managers?

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Topics: Good to Great, Core Values, leadership, Core Purpose, Jim Collins

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