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Why Meeting Rhythms are a Critical Strategic Discipline

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

Why Doug?  Why should we do daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual meetings?

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Topics: weekly meetings, Business Growth, Balanced Priorities, meeting rhythms, Business Dashboards, pattern recognition, Radical Change, Radical Stability

Execution – Rockefeller Habits Checklist, Priorities, Metrics, Meeting Rhythms

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Mar 2, 2015

Execution is about turning your hard-earned revenue (top line income that remember comes from Strategy) into bottom line net profit. Companies that are strong on top line performance and yet struggle to make a reasonable or attractive bottom line profit typically have challenges with Execution – that is being both efficient and effective operationally. In this blog we will cover the principles and habits that John D. Rockefeller used to build an operationally excellent company and which Verne Harnish (Scaling Up and Mastering the Rockefeller Habits) has adapted for mid-market growth companies.

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Topics: Discipline, Strategic Discipline, meeting rhythms, Four Decisions, priorities, metrics, meetings, Execution

Increase Accountability with OKRs – Objectives and Key Results

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Dec 29, 2014

You’re probably familiar with the term KPI’s or Key Performance Indicators.  KPI’s are driven by top-down leadership decisions.  These are the Key Performance Indicators for the company based on the Annual, Quarterly and Trimester planning and strategy meetings businesses have to set direction for the business.

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Topics: Accountability, employee performance, meeting rhythms, Alignment, precision and specificity

Daily Huddle – Where Are You Stuck

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Dec 15, 2014

Last Monday when I arrived at my customers business in Concord, CA I was able to observe  their daily huddle.  It was about ten minutes in length and included about 12 people.  They went through the first two agenda items, priorities and metrics, but left out the “where are you stuck” portion of the meeting.  It was precise and punctuated with meaningful metrics and priorities from each individual including two who reported from the phone: one who works remotely, another who was stuck in traffic. 

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Topics: meeting rhythms, Execution, daily huddle, where are you stuck

One Thing: Are Meeting Rhythms Keystone Habits?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Sep 11, 2014

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Topics: Business Growth, One Thing, meeting rhythms, The Power of Habit, routine, Keystone Habit

Effective Quarterly Meeting Planning

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Sep 4, 2014

What does an effective quarterly meeting look like?

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Topics: quarterly meetings, meeting rhythms, best practices of growth companies, meetings

Being On Time – Respect Time Management

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jun 16, 2014

Are you on time?  Do you run on Lombardi time?

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, meeting rhythms, time management, The Power of Full Engagement, The Right People, Michelle Wick

Time Management Basic Training

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Oct 7, 2013

According to the Power of Full Engagement two behaviors dramatically increase the likelihood of successfully locking in new rituals in the typical thirty to sixty day acquisition time period.  They call these behaviors Basic Training and they are very similar to the process we ask our Gazelles Clients to follow for developing Strategic Discipline.

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, employee performance, meeting rhythms, time management, The Power of Full Engagement

Create Your Strategic Learning Cycle

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jul 15, 2013

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, Cadence of Accountability, meeting rhythms, Strategic Learning, Five Killer Competencies, Strategic Learning Cycle

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

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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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