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Pearson’s Law Critical to Your Organization’s Health

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Sep 7, 2017

My experience in business coaching for the last 18 years teaches me the fundamental need for your business to balance objectivity and subjectivity.  In Gazelles Scaling Up we call this the balance between Productivity/Process and Relationships/People.

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Topics: Patrick Lencioni, Pearson's Law, measurement, Organizational Health, Two Drivers, People and Process, Relationships and Productivity

What’s Your Passion? What Are You Best At? (Hedgehog Concept)

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Nov 11, 2013

In The Hedgehog Concept we discussed the intersection of three circles that provide your One Thing Focus for the strategy of your business.  Where do you find or discover the elements that comprise the three circles?   If you’ve completed portions of your One Page Strategic Plan you’ll have made progress toward understanding what these are. 

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Topics: Core Purpose, Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the Wo, Patrick Lencioni, Profit per X, Hedgehog Concept, Organizational Health, Brand Promise, BHAG, Brand Ideal

Secret Weapon for Business Growth

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jul 18, 2013

Inside your business there’s a secret weapon that probably lies dormant.  You’re unaware of the latent potential it possess or didn’t realize how you can develop it in order to increase your capacity to grow.

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Topics: employee engagement, People, Organizational Health, Business Culture, Gallup's Q12 Employee Engagement Survey

Is Meeting a Dirty Word?

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

Is the mood in your company for meetings one of anticipation or aversion? 

A prospect this past week reacted to the suggestion of meetings by indicating they have to be careful in their organization to mention the word meeting.  His people dislike meetings and generally greet them with annoyance and impatience.  It suggests that the meetings they’ve conducted in the past are possibly disorganized, not well prepared, unexciting, lack conflict and do little to energize those participating.  It’s also a reflection of what I believe many businesses suffer from.  They feel meetings are boring, and a necessary evil.

Allow me to reflect on my current condition and place this in perspective.  I’m currently suffering from a condition called dry mouth.  It’s a symptom of Graft Versus Host Disease (GVHD)which can occur after bone marrow transplant for leukemia patients. 

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Topics: meeting rhythms, Patrick Lencioni, meetings, Organizational Health, Alignment, Death by Meeting, Graft-Versus-Host Disease, GVHD

Teamwork: Hidden Gem to Business Growth and My Personal Progress

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Sun, Oct 21, 2012

Last blog, Is Good News Part of Your Business Culture, I closed with this quote, “If you could get all the people in an organization rowing in the same direction, you could dominate any industry, in any market, against any competition, at any time.”  Patrick Lencioni, Five Dysfunctions of a Team.

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Business Growth, One Thing, People, Organizational Health, Business Culture, the hidden gem in your business: teamwork, Achieve Execution Excellence

Is Good News Part of Your Business Culture? Biopsy Results

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Fri, Oct 19, 2012

My Wednesday biopsy results and most recent blog Four Purposes for Quarterly Meetings reminded me of the importance of good news and positive reinforcement in building a growing business culture. Recognizing accomplishments achieved at Quarterly Planning Meetings is just one step in the meeting rhythm cycle that offers good news and positive impact on your team.   Daily Huddles include opportunities for every one of your staff to report on victories they’ve achieved each day. 

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Accountability, Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Organizational Health, Business Culture, Good News

Four Purposes for Quarterly Meetings

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Wed, Oct 17, 2012

Having recently completed several quarterly planning meetings I thought I would share the four purposes for doing Quarterly Planning. In my upcoming October newsletter I’ll be reviewing some of the results my clients have achieved through their efforts to do effective Quarterly Plans.  You can access many of Positioning Systems previous newsletters here.  

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Topics: quarterly meetings, Annual Plan, Organizational Health, top priorities

Appreciation Or Progress Which Improves Employee Performance?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jul 30, 2012

Recently I’ve had a lot to be thankful for (See Faith, Quantum Physics, and Stockdale Paradox and Lack of Discipline: Workaholism – Good News/Bad News).  I confess that there have been more than I few moments when I’ve broken down in tears sitting with my family or my wife simply because it feels so good to be home, to be with them and to know that the cancer that had been constantly challenging me is in remission. 

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Topics: employee performance, Patrick Lencioni, Organizational Health, The Advantage, How to Motivate Employees, human behavior performance

Lack of Accountability Show the Group or Behind Closed Doors?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Wed, Jul 18, 2012

Should leaders hold their people accountable privately during one-on-one sessions or Group meetings?  Although every case is a little different, generally Patrick Lencioni and Positioning Systems experience leads us to support that on cohesive teams, accountability is best handled with the entire team.

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Accountability, Patrick Lencioni, Organizational Health

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

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