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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

Balance Productivity and People

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Oct 27, 2014

With the Growth Summit starting Tuesday and our Gazelles Coaching meetings not beginning until Monday this is a modification of a blog (Subjectivity & Objectivity – Required Business Disciplines) written in September of 2010 and another (Critical Numbers - People/Relationship Drivers)in December 2012 .  Flying on Delta to Las Vegas reminded me of an example we often provide on the critical need for balance in setting priority for your business.  I’ve updated the content to reflect the emphasis to balance the two drivers, people and productivity, in your business.

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Topics: One Thing, Balanced Priorities, Process/Productivity Drivers, People/Relationship Drivers, Balance, Balanced Metrics

One Pattern Focus, A Keystone Habit, Can Change Everything

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Sep 22, 2014

Habits can be a curse or a benefit. 

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Topics: Business Growth, One Thing, Business Priorities, best practices of growth companies, habits, The Power of Habit, Keystone Habit

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

Annual Plan – It’s Not When You Plan It’s How You Execute

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jan 23, 2014

Question:  Why do most businesses fail?

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, Decision-Making, One Thing, Annual Plan, Four Decisions, Rockefeller Habits Checklist, leadership commitment, Execution

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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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