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Which is Best Individual Meetings or Team Meetings? Personal Story on Accountability.

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Tue, Jul 3, 2012

Accountability.  It’s a critical element in organizations that grow.   Last Monday at about 2:15 AM one of the doctors took accountability for me, made a decision to send me to the ICU possibly saving my life,   I didn’t want to go there, I liked being in the familiar.   He looked at the larger picture. The trends he saw disturbed him.  Continuing fever for two and half days.  Hemoglobin being absorbed almost as fast as they could put it in me.  Plus the disturbing rate my heart was pumping at, and the balance between the low and high number they give on blood pressure.  (The bottom number is not good if it drops below 60.) 

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Accountability, metrics, human behavior, Organizational Health, human behavior performance

Metrics - Measure The Result You Want To Achieve

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Apr 2, 2012

Measuring results isn’t always easy.  Let’s take my situation here in the hospital.  The nurses, physicians and support team are all surprised and amazed at my health and attitude throughout my chemotherapy treatments.  Beyond two short and slight fevers, plus a few rashes, and my hair loss I’ve had no real outward consequences from the chemotherapy.  Yet never confuse efforts with results.

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Topics: leukemia, One Thing, Top Priority, priorities, metrics

Do Your Business Metrics Spring You Into Action?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Tue, Mar 13, 2012

Last night my sleep pattern was severely disrupted.  About 10:30 PM the nurses discovered I was running a slight fever.  Immediately they jumped into action.  On the Leukemia ward of the hospital anyone suffering from a fever is handled seriously. 

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Topics: Accountability, employee performance, leading indicators, metrics, key performance indicators, performance

Can Routines Really Set You Free?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Sun, Mar 11, 2012

Someone once said that a vacation is anything you do that is outside your normal range of work.   I guess that means I’m on vacation. At least that’s where I planned to be this week.   

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Accountability, Strategic Discipline, priorities, metrics, rituals, meetings, routine sets you free

Ready for the Day? – Daily Huddles

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Sat, Mar 3, 2012

It’s starts with the easy stuff.  Every morning between 7:30 and 9 AM. 

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Topics: priorities, questions, metrics, daily huddle

Business Dashboard - Metrics for Health

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Tue, Feb 28, 2012

How simple is it to make a dashboard?   I’m waiting for the diagnosis from my biopsy.  Still the University of Iowa has displayed on a bulletin board in my room a dashboard with some of the vitally important metrics for my condition. 

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, priority, leading indicators, Business Dashboards, metrics, lagging indicators

Business Alignment – Why Don’t Your People Get It?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Feb 23, 2012

Last blog we discussed how as your company grows and expands it seems harder and harder to communicate your vision.  People at the tactical level of your company often don’t know what the strategy for your business is.  In fact they don’t know a lot of things that are important for them to know about your business.  There’s often a huge gap on how they work with prospects and customers due to poor communication of your vision and strategy, let alone company policies.

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Topics: Discipline, Strategic Discipline, meeting rhythms, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits, One Page Strategic Plan, priorities, metrics, Alignment

Strategic Discipline – Why It Guarantees Success

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

Albert Einstein, Compound Effect author, Success Magazine Publisher Darren Hardy, and  Strategic Learning author Willie Pietersen all agree. Focus and compounding are the two most powerful forces in the universe.  Developing clarity of focus is your springboard. 

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, meeting rhythms, priorities, metrics, Two Day Rockefeller Habits Workshop

Rip Van Winkle’s Leadership Lesson from Martin Luther King

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Sun, Jan 15, 2012

Remember the story of Rip Van Winkle?  You probably remember he slept for 20 years, but little else.

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, change, leadership, meeting rhythms, priorities, metrics

Relieve Stress With Meeting Rhythms

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Dec 15, 2011

At this time of year it’s very common to find people exhibiting high stress levels.  A trip for groceries, or to the hardware store, takes a bit longer due to long lines and depending on where you live the weather.

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Topics: Accountability, Strategic Discipline, meeting rhythms, metrics, The Power of Full Engagement, stress

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