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BE 2.0 – The Number One Metric You’re NOT Measuring

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, May 31, 2021

“One central idea I try to communicate in my courses is that history is the study of choices. It follows no predetermined script. History is determined by the choices made by people both famous and unknown.”

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Topics: One Thing, People, People Decisions, Jim Collins, The Right People, Key Metrics, Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0

Strategic Discipline Simplified – Priority, Metrics, Meeting Rhythms

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Aug 14, 2017

“A culture of discipline is not a principle of business; it is a principle of greatness.”

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, Cadence of Accountability, meeting rhythms, priority, Execution, Key Metrics

Key Performance Indicators – Your Reality Check

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Wed, Feb 29, 2012

Yesterday my reality check came.

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, leading indicators, key performance indicators, Key Metrics

What Key Performance Indicators?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Wed, Dec 8, 2010

A question that frequently comes up is what should I have Key Performance Indicators for in my business? Certainly there are lot of options.  Revenue and profit margin are Key Performance Indicators that everyone should monitor, however these are lagging indicators.   What Key Performance Indicators do you have in place that predict your revenue and profit margin?  Do you monitor your sales effort and have indicators that report on your sales pipeline?  How reliable are these?  Do you monitor your variable costs and fixed expenses?  Contribution margin is a good forecaster of profit margin as well as gross profit margin.  Yet do these give you enough information far ahead of your performance to be true leading indicators?  With time and practice whatever number you choose to watch you can discover which key metrics help predict the crucial outcomes in your business.

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Topics: leading indicators, lagging indicators, key performance indicators, Key Metrics

Socializing at Work Increases Productivity

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Sep 16, 2010

Employee Engagement is a critical factor in getting maximum performance.  I’ve pointed to this before and the work Gallup has down developing their Q12 [12 questions from the book First Break All the Rules that gauge engagement in the workforce] and how Best Buy uses these questions for their Core Score.  You can read more on how just a 2% increase in employee engagement at Best Buy resulted in an additional $70 million in profitability here

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Topics: employee performance, productivity, stress, Key Metrics

Basics of Measuring – Counting & Judging Key Metrics

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Fri, Jun 18, 2010

How does one measure performance?

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Topics: Accountability, Discipline Plan, Quantification, Key Metrics

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