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Can Routines Really Set You Free?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Sun, Mar 11, 2012

Someone once said that a vacation is anything you do that is outside your normal range of work.   I guess that means I’m on vacation. At least that’s where I planned to be this week.   

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Accountability, Strategic Discipline, priorities, metrics, rituals, meetings, routine sets you free

Discipline – Who Do You Admire?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Sun, Jun 5, 2011

Who do you admire most?  This is a question I frequently ask candidates in interviews.  I urge you to consider this question in your interviewing process if you aren’t already using it. 

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Topics: Discipline, rituals, routine

Fifth Key to Discipline Rituals: Support

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Apr 18, 2011

Let’s review the key steps to developing rituals and establishing change and introduce key number five – enlisting support.  Here are the five keys:

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Topics: Discipline, change, leadership, rituals, habits, support

Expect Resistance in Establishing Disciplined Rituals

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Fri, Apr 15, 2011

Have you ever had a hard time establishing a new habit or routine?  As noted in my last blog, Discipline Rituals – What We Resist Persists, we derive a certain amount of comfort or safety doing what we’ve always done. That’s why it’s so difficult to change.  Even the most powerful commitment to change is often counter balanced by an unconscious or subliminal commitment not to change.  Exposing our fears to not changing is key number four in building effective rituals.

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Topics: Discipline, priorities, rituals, routine

Discipline Rituals – What We Resist Persists

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Apr 11, 2011

In my last blog Discipline Scheduling - Three Keys to Building Effective Rituals we looked at three keys to building effective rituals.  The three keys are:

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Topics: Discipline, rituals, precision and specificity

Discipline Scheduling - Three Keys to Building Effective Rituals

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Apr 7, 2011

How important is it to specify the time you are going to do something to predict accomplishment?  Precision and Specificity is one of the three key to establishing effective rituals.  Researchers have found that even chronic procrastinators are eight times more likely to follow through if they set a specific time to complete it.  Here’s an example from Be Excellent at Anything that illustrates the importance of precision and specificity. 

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Topics: time management, rituals, precision and specificity, routine

Priorities Discipline Requires Precision and Specificity

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Apr 4, 2011

How well do you get things done?  Do you get your daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly priorities completed on time?  How well do your people do at this? 

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Topics: Discipline, priorities, rituals, precision and specificity

Priorities Are Disciplined Choices

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Mar 31, 2011

One of my clients got me involved in Sports World, a non-profit organization that speaks to students about making positive choices.  In preparing for our second effort in my area I’ve recognized how powerful their message is even to business.

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Topics: Discipline, priorities, rituals, habits, top priorities

Accountability - The Value of Routine

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Feb 7, 2011

“I’d get up at 4:30 AM, exercise, read something inspirational, and then have a healthy breakfast.  That was my routine.”  My client was explaining why he decided to re-gage our coaching work.  When we were working together this had been his faithful morning regiment, every day. For the past year or better he explained he’d not been following this routine and he found his business and personal focus suffering. 

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Topics: Accountability, rituals, precision and specificity, The Power of Full Engagement, routine

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