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Extraordinary Results - Purpose, Priority, and Productivity

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jan 14, 2016

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, One Thing, Process/Productivity Drivers, productivity

The Ultimate Success Habit: Good Question = Good Answers

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jan 11, 2016

Ask a Great question - Receive a Great answer. 

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Topics: One Thing, Success, habits

Developing The Success Habit – Your One Thing

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jan 4, 2016

“People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures.” —F. M. Alexander

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, One Thing, habits, The Power of Habit

Your First One Thing – The Focusing Question

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Dec 31, 2015

How do you know what your first One Thing should be?

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Topics: One Thing, Top Priority, business coaching

The Final Lie to Achieving Our One Thing: Big Is Bad.

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Dec 28, 2015

Do you remember the movie City Slickers?  

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Topics: One Thing, Top Priority, Annual Plan, priority, quarterly plan

Lie # 5 A Balanced Life - The Solution - Counterbalance

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Wed, Dec 23, 2015

It’s a common theme this time of year.  We get out of balance chasing the spirit of Christmas, giving presents. 

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Topics: One Thing, Balanced Priorities, Balanced Metrics, Counter balance

LIE #4 – Willpower is Always on Will-Call

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Dec 14, 2015

“Willpower is like gas in your car... . When you resist something tempting, you use some up. The more you resist, the emptier your tank gets, until you run out of gas.” Kathleen Vohs Prevention magazine, 2009

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Topics: One Thing, priorities, productivity, habits

The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Nov 9, 2015

A foundational principal we will teach at the Scaling Up Workshop on Wednesday at our November 11th Scaling Up Workshop in Cedar Rapids, IA is One Thing.  We recommend that when choosing a priority you choose One Thing for the year or your quarter to choose to focus on.  It’s based on the principal that less is more.

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Topics: Decision-Making, One Thing, priority, time management

What’s Your One Thing (3X)

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Oct 8, 2015

What if your business had set an annual priority and failed to achieve it?

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Topics: Discipline, One Thing, Discipline Plan, fanatic discipline

One Thing = Priority

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jul 9, 2015

In Greg McKeown, Author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, recent blog he discussed the definition of priority:  When the word priority came into the English language in the 1400s, it was singular. Think for a moment: What did it mean? The answer is the prior or very first thing. What’s interesting is it stayed singular for the next 500 years. It wasn’t until the 1900s that we came up with the pluralized term and started using the word priorities. But what exactly does the word mean? Can there be multiple very first things?

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Topics: One Thing, priority

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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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