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Start, Stop, Keep – Required Annual Planning

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Dec 14, 2020

If you’re not approaching your Annual Planning process by asking your staff what you should start, stop, and keep doing, I strongly recommend you START doing it.

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Topics: Employee Feedback, Annual Plan, Employee Survey, Press Release, Annual Planning, Start Stop Keep Survey

Good Job Vs. Lousy Job

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Feb 3, 2020

The job environment is changing

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Topics: employee engagement, Employee Recognition, employee performance, Employee Survey, Employee Satisfaction, Why Employees Leave

Company Colonoscopy: Start, Stop, Keep, Employee Survey

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Dec 29, 2016

Tuesday a high school class mate of mine decided to have a colonoscopy performed for the second time.  I’ve written about Steve before in It Starts With the Right People.  He let me know late Tuesday he is still the perfect asshole!

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Topics: Employee Feedback, employee engagement, People Decisions, The Right People, Employee Survey, Gallup's Q12 Employee Engagement Survey

Strategic Statement of Values – Gaining Employee Engagement

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jul 25, 2013

Organizational direction in your company can come in several forms.  I’m going to divide them into the emotional and objective since they serve two different but critical purposes.  On the emotional side we look at what might be labeled as “Strategic Statement of Values.”  On the opposite side, the objective is the Strategic Objective Statement which produces the Strategy Statement we’ve discussed in previous blogs. 

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Topics: employee engagement, strategy, Business Culture, Q12, Employee Survey

How Deep Do You Dig in Your Annual Planning – PHX Growth Summit

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Wed, Nov 16, 2011

Right now you should be deep into your annual planning or already have completed it.  In preparing our coaching clients for annual planning we always ask the company to complete a short five question employee survey to gather information.  Questions include what the company should start, stop and keep doing.  (Send me an email Employee Survey if you’d like these five questions.)  Discovery like this is important for the business in looking ahead.   Remember the movie “Titanic?”  “Iceberg dead ahead?”  Many times the people at the tactical level of our business know much more than we give them credit for, and frequently they see the obstacles, challenges and opportunities far better than we or our mangers and departments heads can.

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Topics: Employee Feedback, Annual Plan, Growth Summit, Employee Survey

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