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Routine Sets You Free – Disciplined Preparation Sets You Up

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Apr 21, 2016

If you recall when I first got into the hospital I wrote a blog Can Routines Really Set You Free?  Little did I realize that getting back home would be a routine changer as well. Football legend Bear Bryant said, It's not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference.”

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Topics: leukemia, Strategic Discipline, meeting rhythms, priorities, metrics, Michelle Wick

Bone Marrow Transplant Update – Last Week’s Clinic Visit

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, May 28, 2015

“Happiness is a direction, not a place.” -Syndey J. Harris

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, leukemia, Strategic Discipline, Bone Marrow Transplant, Mono Somy 7, Michelle Wick

Without a (Core) Purpose Any Problem is Too Big

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Apr 13, 2015

“Without a purpose any problem is too big.” Ernest C. Wilson, The Week that Changed the World.

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Core Purpose, Built to Last, Jim Collins, Michelle Wick

A Grateful Christmas

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Wed, Dec 24, 2014

This past week my wife Michelle visited some friends in the St. Petersburg/Tampa Bay area and attended the Packer-Buccaneer game on Sunday.

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Topics: positive reinforcement, Give and Take, appreciation, Michelle Wick, Mom, reward and recognition

Core Values in Candidate Selection – Zappos “Are You Lucky?”

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Aug 14, 2014

I’m on vacation this week and decided to repost two blogs that I feel have a message that needs to be repeated.  The following blog is from February 6th, 2014. People as noted in Jim Collins Good to Great are the #1 factor in business success.  Making sure you are hiring the right people is critical to ensuring your business success.  Rockefeller Habits best practices demand creating Core Values.  How do you use those Core Values?  If you’re not using them to develop questions to determine if you have the right candidates to fit your culture, you should consider developing them.  Here’s an example from Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh on how to use Core Values as they do to discover whether potential employees are a good fit in their culture.

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, Core Values, People, Bone Marrow Transplant, hiring decisions, Mono Somy 7, Best Business Practices, Michelle Wick

Give and Take – Big Givers – Mothers

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jul 14, 2014

You can expect something, but until it happens you never truly know how you are going to feel.

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Topics: Discipline, People, Give and Take, Givers and Takers, Michelle Wick

How and How Much Should You Give – 3 Lessons from Give and Take

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Wed, Jul 2, 2014

Did you know there’s a way to give that makes you feel better?  It can actually help you avoid burnout.  Did you know there’s a recommended amount of giving that rewards you most and that giving beyond that provides diminishing returns?

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Topics: Business Growth, People, Give and Take, Givers and Takers, Michelle Wick

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

Select The Right People – Zappos “Are You Lucky?”

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Feb 6, 2014

What I’ve written about Zappos Core Values before bears repeating.  We’ll examine using Core Values in your hiring and selection process focusing on a specific value that Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos is particularly fond of. 

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Core Values, Zappos, hiring decisions, Mono Somy 7, Michelle Wick

Balance – Optimism and Facing the Brutal Facts

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Oct 28, 2013

Working with our client’s one critical element to make sure a business does not get out of balance is making sure when you choose your priorities you balance your productivity measures with a people or relationship measurement.    It’s your critical number that assures your effort to build more productivity doesn’t hurt the relationships with your customers, employees or shareholders.

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, One Thing, Process/Productivity Drivers, People/Relationship Drivers, Mono Somy 7, Balance, Balanced Metrics, Michelle Wick

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