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How Smart Are You?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jul 27, 2015

As a salesperson for over 20 years one axiom to remember was never to impress your prospect with how smart you are.  The prospect isn’t interested in how smart you are.  They’re interested in solving their problem.  The only way to solve their problem is to ask questions and listen.

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Topics: leadership, Leadership Team, Smart Tribes, Listening

Hooked: How to Build Habit Forming Products – Orlando Growth Summit

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Wed, May 13, 2015

This blog is no stranger to the value of habits.  We’ve written about habits many times in the past.

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Topics: leadership, Growth Summit, habits, customer loyalty, Customer needs, appreciation

Leadership Team Exercise SWOT vs. SWT – Strengths, Weakness & Trends

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Wed, Dec 31, 2014

If you’ve been to the gas station recently you’ve noticed the plunge in gas prices.  It’s a trend in recent months and it illustrates and important strategy and planning benchmark that your business should be doing on an annual basis, and possibly more frequently depending how fasting you are growing compared to your industry.

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Topics: Business Growth, Annual Plan, leadership, strategy, Strategic Planning, Leadership Team, SWOT, Prediction, SWT, Forecast

Why You Should Not Facilitate Your Annual Meeting?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Oct 20, 2014

Considering that you’re the leader of your business it naturally makes sense that you should plan and command the leadership role in your annual planning and strategy session.

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Topics: Employee Feedback, employee performance, Annual Plan, leadership, Four Decisions, Leadership Team

Delegate

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Sat, Aug 23, 2014

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Topics: employee engagement, Business Growth, Leadership Training, leadership, effective delegation

Chuck Noll Leadership Lessons – Discipline & Confronting the Brutal Facts

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jun 26, 2014

After a couple of games where his Pittsburgh Steelers hadn’t played very well, Chuck Noll called his team after practice to put a ”boot up the ass” and jolt them out of their complacency.  According to Rocky Bleier this is what he said,

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Topics: Discipline, Strategic Discipline, leadership

Focus on Priorities – Eisenhower Matrix

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jun 9, 2014

Without a priority the Whirlwind wins!  Each day you face a myriad of tasks involving your “day job.”  Everything you do day-to-day robs you from focusing on the really important things that are important but not urgent.

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Topics: Accountability, Decision-Making, whirlwind of business, leadership, reponsibility, keys to good decision making, Eisenhower Matrix

Toastmasters Mission (Core Purpose) is Clear – Is Yours?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Apr 28, 2014

Most of us struggle to get out of our comfort zone.  Yet it’s the one thing, done frequently that can dramatically transform our performance. 

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Topics: Training, Leadership Training, leadership, training and education, Core Purpose

Why Leadership-Development Programs Fail - Solution

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Apr 10, 2014

A recent article by McKinsey & Company, one of the most prestigious consulting firms, Why Leadership-Development programs fail, notes four major reasons leadership development programs fail.  Many of the reasons focus directly on the leadership program.
Leadership training is more than just setting up programs to train and develop your future leaders.  It begins with how you train your people to be leaders in your present operating disciplines.  Let me share the four mistake areas from the article and share how Gazelles Coaches and Positioning Systems treat these to prevent leadership-development failures.

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Topics: Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Leadership Training, leadership, training and education, Patrick Lencioni, Job Summary Scorecard

MULTIPLIER EFFECT – FEWER PEOPLE, PAID MORE, HIGHER PRODUCTIVITY

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Mar 27, 2014

When Jack Welsh was at GE he had a philosophy to have less people, paid more with a lower total wage cost. 

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Topics: Business Growth, Leadership Training, leadership, Multipliers, productivity, Leadership Team

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The Strategic Discipline Blog focuses on midsize business owners with a ravenous appetite to improve his or her leadership skills and business results.

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