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Close The Doors – Focus On One Thing

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, May 17, 2021

This blog originally appeared on March 18th, 2009. I was married at the time, and my son Josh was 12. There are many more distractions available to us now. COVID made us learn to appreciate our relationships more, while irreparably displacing how we interact with others. Since this, I’ve gotten divorced, survived cancer, and seen my last two sons graduate from college.

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Topics: One Thing, Focus, Relationships and Productivity, Distraction

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

Indistractable – Distraction is Your Enemy

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, May 4, 2020

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”  ~Sun Tzu

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Topics: employee performance, performance, Focus, productivity, Indistractable, Nir Eyal

FOCUS - Measure What Matters. OKR’s Start at the Top

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jan 14, 2019

The World’s best run companies, like Google, share a commonality – Execution Excellence.

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, positive reinforcement, Focus, OKR - Objectives and Key Results, CEO Leadership Focus, Measure What Matters

FOCUS  - Beware the Busy Manager

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jul 17, 2017

In The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever, author Michael Bungay Staniera shares 2002 Harvard Business Review article, “Beware the Busy Manager,” Heike Bruch and Sumantra Ghoshal. The research suggests only 10 percent of managers have the right focus and energy to work on the stuff that matters.

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Topics: Focus, quarterly plan, The Coaching Habit, Failing to Meet Quarterly Objectives, Better Decision-Making

DEEP WORK – Steve Jobs Behavior Guide – Dallas Growth Summit

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Nov 17, 2016

“You’ve got to find what you love. That is as true for your work as it is for your lovers.” Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement Speech 2005.

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Topics: Focus, productivity, Steve Jobs, Deep Work, Dallas Growth Summit 2016, Concetration, Cal Newport

Hijacked - Four Thieves of Productivity

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Feb 22, 2016

In Gary Keller’s The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results Keller shared Six Lies that prevent you from achieving your One Thing.

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Topics: One Thing, change, Focus, productivity

Winning – A Different Strategy in Business than Sports

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jan 27, 2011

In our last blog NFL Winning Formula – Rhythm we discussed the value or routine in building a successful business model and how this mirrors successful sports team formulas.

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Topics: One Thing, strategy, Focus

Send A Man to the Moon - Your BHAG

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Sun, Oct 17, 2010

My wife, youngest son and I journeyed to Kennedy Space Complex on Friday ahead of the Fortune Fall Growth Summit.  Witnessing firsthand the size of the rockets and the place where so many historic space launches took place was inspiring.  It was also fascinating to learn all the products and services that developed directly from the space program.  [Did you know that grooved highways came from NASA’s determined efforts to learn how to slow the Space Shuttle?]

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Topics: Focus, BHAG, Vision

Strategic Discipline Harnesses Powerful Forces

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Sat, Aug 21, 2010

This week I spent about 16-20 intense hours working with a client’s executive team developing their strategic focus through Gazelles Two Day Rockefeller Habits Workshop.  In Willie Pietersen’s book Strategic Learning he indicates that focus and compounding are the two most powerful forces in the universe.  Developing clarity of focus is your springboard.  Albert Einstein called compound interest the most powerful force in the universe. [Compounding is reinvesting the income on an investment and watching your principle grow.  It grows exponentially over time.  See Chart below.]

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, One Thing, priorities, Focus, Strategic Planning, Compounding

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