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Employee Feedback and Closing the Loop

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, May 4, 2015

Are you open to learn from your errors?  If you’re open to learn from your mistakes, often they can launch success and opportunities that would never have occurred without accepting failure. 

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Topics: Employee Feedback, themes, Culture of Discipline, Company Culture, Scaling Up Verne Harnish

The Irony of Freedom

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Apr 20, 2015

Saturday, my son Noah, performed a solo and in a quintet at Solo and Ensemble, at Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Watching him perform reminded me of the irony of freedom.  It also reminded me of a quote I’ve used several times in my blog, that the will to win isn’t as important as the will to prepare to win.

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Topics: Discipline, Culture of Discipline, Rockefeller Habits Checklist, commitment, preparation

Updated Discipline: New Rockefeller Habits Checklist

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jan 26, 2015

How important do you value discipline in your organization?  How much thought if any do you give to it? 

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Topics: Discipline, Good to Great, Great by Choice, Discipline Plan, Culture of Discipline, Rockefeller Habits Checklist, Scaling Up Verne Harnish

A Contrast in Business Culture - An NFL Lesson

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Fri, Feb 21, 2014

Could there be a greater contrast in the culture of two teams than the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and the Miami Dolphins?

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Topics: Culture of Discipline, positive reinforcement, Business Culture

What Are Your Accountability Standards?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Oct 24, 2013

How do you measure accountability?

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Topics: Accountability, weekly meetings, Culture of Discipline, Meetings a Cadence of Accountability

Learn the Disciplines - Rockefeller Habits Four Decisions Workshop

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Fri, Aug 23, 2013

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Topics: Discipline, Good to Great, Strategic Discipline, Culture of Discipline, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits, Four Decisions

Great by Choice 10Xer’s Empirical Creativity – Andy Grove Intel

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Apr 22, 2013

When Andy Grove, CEO of Intel, discovered in 1994 that he may have a tumor the size of a cube of sugar growing in his prostate gland he didn’t take the immediate step his doctor suggested. Visit his urologist. 

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Topics: Discipline, Great by Choice, 10Xers, leadership, Culture of Discipline, Best Business Practices, 4 Disciplines of Execution, Empirical Creativity

Is Your Business Culture Shallow?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jan 7, 2013

Several nights ago I couldn’t sleep.  I began to think about my life and reflected upon a period of time when I was extremely shallow, at least in my pursuit of a relationship.  I’d been divorced for a couple of years, out of a relationship for a short time, and I began to focus on getting into a new relationship. However due to misplaced judgment and desire I concentrated on the physical part of the relationship. 

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Topics: Business Growth, Core Values, employee performance, Culture of Discipline, Business Culture

What’s a Catalyst?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Dec 17, 2012

In Top Ten Elements to Drive Business Growth - 4-3-2-1 Formula we looked at the elements that Gazelles and Positioning Systems focus on to drive growth in small to mid-sized business.  These are fundamentals that Jim Collins discovered in his groundbreaking book Good to Great and have been further confirmed by studies at Harvard Business Review.

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, Coach Advisor, Catalyst, Culture of Discipline, Consultant

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