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THINK AGAIN – Influential Listening

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, May 3, 2021

In Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know, Adam Grant challenges us to consider how we make decisions and think, “Our self-identity should come from values, not opinions.”

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Topics: People/Relationship Drivers, Listening, Adam Grant, Motivational Interviewing, Influential Listening, Think Again

Monty Moran’s People, Leadership, and Priority Lessons

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Mar 8, 2021

Verne Harnish hosted another virtual Summit with 3 speakers (click the link to watch the replay) on Wednesday, February 24th.

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Topics: People, People/Relationship Drivers, leadership, priority, Effective Leadership, Chipotle, Vulnerability, Monty Moran, Love is Free. Gauc is Extra

Humanocracy – Bureaucracy Threatens Meritocracy

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Nov 2, 2020

Scaling Up author Verne Harnish described Humanocracy, authors Gary Hamel & Michele Zanini, as one of the most insightful and game changing books for the future.

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Topics: People, People/Relationship Drivers, People Development, Humanocracy, Meritocracy

Balance: People/Relationships and Process/Productivity

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Apr 9, 2018

As an E-Myth Coach (Licensed coach for Michael Gerber’s The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It) for ten years, I quickly recognized in small businesses there were often two kinds of business owners: Objective and those who were Subjective.

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Topics: Balanced Priorities, Process/Productivity Drivers, People/Relationship Drivers, Counter balance, Relationships and Productivity

What’s a Counterbalance – Why Quarter and Annual Plans Need One

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Apr 20, 2017

In the Dictionary Counterbalance is defined as: 1. a weight balancing another weight; an equal weight, power, or influence acting in opposition; counterpoise. 2. to act against or oppose with an equal weight, force, or influence; offset.

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Topics: Balanced Priorities, People/Relationship Drivers, Business Priorities, Counter balance

PEOPLE – A Leader and Manager’s Responsibility

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Aug 22, 2016

Saturday morning I received this quote from Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in one of my inspirational emails,

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Topics: People, People/Relationship Drivers, One on One coaching

From Tension to Empowerment – Creating a Smart Tribe

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

How awesome would it be to move yourself and the people you manage from a place where they are tense, anxious, and non-performing to inspired, innovative, outcome-focused and consistently achieving?

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Topics: People, People/Relationship Drivers, productivity, Smart Tribes

Victim, Rescuer, Persecutor:  Which Role Are You Playing?

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

In your organization, which do you focus on, Problems or Outcomes?

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Topics: employee performance, People, People/Relationship Drivers, human behavior performance, Performance Management, Smart Tribes, Problem or Outcome Focus

Scrum - When Size Matters

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Mar 31, 2016

Prior to this blog series on Scrum our Strategic Discipline Blog dedicated a number of blogs to Gary Keller’s The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. In the Final Lie to Achieving Our One Thing: Big Is Bad, we looked at how by fearing big success, you either avoid or sabotage your efforts to achieve it.  Size is an issue if it limits your belief you can’t or won’t achieve what you desire.

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Topics: One Thing, Process/Productivity Drivers, People/Relationship Drivers, productivity, Relationship Drivers, Scrum, Teams

Raise Your Team’s Sense of Self-Worth

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Aug 10, 2015

A 14 hour travel day can get pretty boring even if you sprinkle in the occasional joke, predictable encounter with rude motorist, and share it with family members.  This past week I traveled to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to scratch off an item from my bucket list: Gettysburg Battlefield.  On the way there I unleashed a practice on my two sons I’d learned in Dale Carnegie training many years back. It is absolutely guaranteed to raise the self-esteem of the people who participate. 

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Topics: Employee Recognition, People, People/Relationship Drivers, human behavior, human behavior performance, superior human relations

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