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Get Your Employees to Think and Act Like Owners

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Mar 4, 2024

How many of you wish your employees would act like owners?

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Topics: employee engagement, employee performance, How to Motivate Employees, Scaling Up Verne Harnish, Great Game of Business, Employee Ownership, Employee Learning, Metronomics

Five A’s for Effectively Addressing Mistakes

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Aug 28, 2023

Shit happens! "C'est la vie"

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Topics: employee performance, Business System, customer and employee feedback, Mistakes, Cohesive System, Danny Meyer, Setting the Table, A Great Last Chapter

10 Ways to Improve Employee Communication During Work Hours

Posted by Odessa Powell on Mon, Jul 3, 2023

Office communication can be improved in several ways. I just returned from a Quarterly Planning Meeting where we took a full day to work through Patrick Lencioni’s Five Dysfunctions of a Team. The team enjoyed it, felt closer, set rules for conflicts, and built a theme to improve accountability! Odessa Powell contributed this article while I’m on vacation, sharing additional ideas on how to improve team communication.

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Topics: Employee Feedback, employee engagement, employee performance, Better communication, Employee Wellbeing, Great Teams


Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, May 10, 2021

“Scientists have discovered a revolutionary new treatment that makes you live longer. It enhances your memory and makes you more creative. It makes you look more attractive. It keeps you slim and lowers food cravings. It protects you from cancer and dementia. It wards off colds and the flu. It lowers your risk of heart attacks and stroke, not to mention diabetes. You’ll even feel happier, less depressed, and less anxious.”

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Topics: employee performance, performance, human behavior performance, Strategies for Getting Better Sleep, Worker Performance, Why We Sleep, Matthew Walker

How to Build an Agile Environment for Learning from Home

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Feb 8, 2021

The past year we’ve learned how to adapt and work remotely. How do you achieve learning in this new remote work environment? Guest blogger, Nicole Garrison, helps you discover how you can build an agile environment for learning from home.

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Topics: employee performance, Worker Performance, Employee Learning

The Secret of Life - Breath

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Nov 30, 2020

Ever since I had a bone marrow transplant, I’ve had a condition called “dry mouth.” Sleeping while breathing through my mouth exacerbated this condition, forcing me to always have a glass of water next to my bed.

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Topics: employee performance, performance, People Development, Breath, James Nestor,, Personal Health

Elevate Remote Workers Performance

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Oct 5, 2020

You’ve adjusted to the new normal. All the previous challenges to allow our employees to work from home have been erased by COVID19.

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Topics: employee performance, People, performance, human behavior performance, Discretionary Effort, Performance Management, Remote Workers

Does Your Compensation Strategy Drive Enterprise Optimization?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jul 20, 2020

I’ve worked with 300+ businesses in my coaching career, which stared in 1999 shortly after the radio station I was part owner in sold.

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Topics: employee performance, How to Motivate Employees, Think Like Amazon, Rewards & Compensation, Employee Ownership

Ask Better Questions – Leadership is Language

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, May 25, 2020

Being curious about what someone else thinks is the foundation of asking good questions.

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Topics: employee performance, questions, Leadership Is Language, David Marquet

Indistractable - Control Your Attention – Handle Distraction

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, May 11, 2020

Whether it’s the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 or not, I’ve found myself being more distracted than ever.

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Topics: employee performance, performance, Focus, productivity, Coronavirus, Indistractable, Nir Eyal, Distraction, COVID19

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