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Conflict Norms Provide Better Decision Making Meetings

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jun 27, 2013

Conflict is good.  It leads to better decisions by providing a forum for your leadership team to be open and free with their opinions. 

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Topics: weekly meetings, Decision-Making, Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni, better decisions through conflict

Poor Meetings Put Your Company’s Future in Jeopardy

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jun 24, 2013

We’ve discussed meetings many times in this blog since they are a foundational element of Strategic Discipline and provide a cadence of accountability for your executive team.  You should cascade these meetings throughout your organization as well to increase accountability.  Did you know that if your business is conducting boring, routine meetings without team members providing their opinions, feedback, that failing to encourage conflict is putting your business in a position of severe risk?  

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Topics: Five Dysfunctions of a Team, meeting rhythms, Patrick Lencioni, Death by Meeting, Meeting Conflicts, Meetings a Cadence of Accountability

The Shadow of Leadership

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jan 14, 2013

Recently I had the opportunity to hear a group of team members extoll the leadership characteristics of one my clients through their Core Values review (discussed in this blog) Several of the team recognized his integrity, straightforwardness and absolute commitment to excellence.  The messages were sincere, heartfelt and real.  It was apparent they have great respect, reverence, and dedication to their leader.

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Topics: Business Growth, Five Dysfunctions of a Team, leadership, Level 5 Leadership, Leadership Team, Strength Based Leadership

Is Good News Part of Your Business Culture? Biopsy Results

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Fri, Oct 19, 2012

My Wednesday biopsy results and most recent blog Four Purposes for Quarterly Meetings reminded me of the importance of good news and positive reinforcement in building a growing business culture. Recognizing accomplishments achieved at Quarterly Planning Meetings is just one step in the meeting rhythm cycle that offers good news and positive impact on your team.   Daily Huddles include opportunities for every one of your staff to report on victories they’ve achieved each day. 

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Accountability, Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Organizational Health, Business Culture, Good News

Leadership Requires Vulnerability

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Aug 16, 2012

Many business and leadership skills are counter intuitive.  Take the idea of less is more.  Most of us believe if we tackle more we get more done, when precisely the opposite is true. 

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Five Dysfunctions of a Team, leadership, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits, Strength Based Leadership

How Do You Make Good Decisions?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Sun, Aug 5, 2012

As a Senior E-Myth Consultant for nearly ten years we had a specific process labeled “Special Decision Techniques” that we were able to provide for our clients to help them in decision making.  This process noted four factors that make business decisions difficult:

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Topics: Decision Paralysis, Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Great by Choice, Jim Collins, The Right People, How the Mighty Fall,

Reality - More Stockdale Paradox

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jul 23, 2012

It’s difficult to describe the respect I have for Admiral Stockdale.  The torture he faced at the hands of the Vietnamese was incredible.   Yesterday I received some more brutal facts about how things might look moving forward. 

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Customer Feedback, Employee Feedback, Five Dysfunctions of a Team, meeting rhythms, Stockdale Paradox, The Advantage

Accountability - Three Reasons Group Meetings Produce Better

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jul 16, 2012

In Get Greater Accountability, Individual Meetings or Team Meetings? I failed to outline some of the more positive outcomes that come from group meetings and individual meetings.  Let’s look also at private and public accountability and why the latter works so much better in group meetings.

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Accountability, Five Dysfunctions of a Team, success criteria, Patrick Lencioni

Communication Barrier – Fundamental Attribution Error

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jun 28, 2012

You’re clear on your One Thing.  You feel there’s some traction in your leadership team, yet something seems amiss in your weekly meeting rhythm meetings.  The meetings are sedate, absent excitement, conflict and drama that you feel might exemplify a team grinding together to get things done.  Is this good or bad?  

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Accountability, Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Fundamental Attribution Error

Your Blindside – The Value of Collective Intelligence

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Wed, May 9, 2012

It’s the oddest thing.  I feel fine, even great most of the time, yet the doctors, the numbers my blood work provide, the mask I have to wear when I go outside or when I’m around people, all say I’m sick!

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Topics: collective intelligence, Five Dysfunctions of a Team, employee performance, meeting rhythms, productivity, The Advantage

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