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Disciplined Required - Less is More

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jul 21, 2014

The book Essentialism confronts the notion that we can have it all while supporting the idea less is more.  There is a common theme that underlies its principles. It’s a requirement for success in any endeavor.  That prerequisite is discipline.

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Topics: Business Growth, Strategic Discipline, Great by Choice, One Page Strategic Plan, less is more, strategy, Southwest Airlines

OWN IT – Create Imaginative Acts – Inside Advantage

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Mar 17, 2014

The intention of discovering your Inside Advantage is to announce it to your prospects and customers.  If you want to know what an imaginative act looks like look no further than Steve Jobs and several of his announcements for Apple including his 2007 introduction of the iPhone. 

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Topics: Business Growth, The Inside Advantage, WHO WHAT HOW The Inside Advantage, best practices of growth companies, Uncommon Offering, Southwest Airlines, Your Core Customer

One Phrase Strategy – Seven Strata of Strategy

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jan 9, 2014

In Cascade Your Annual Strategy & Planning we noted statistics from a recent leadership survey reported 92% of CEO’s feel their leadership team can communicate their strategy.   The same survey revealed that only 2% of their leadership team actually could! 

Simplifying your strategy into 35 words or less as we recommend in developing Your Strategy Statement is the first step to accomplishing this intention of a One Phrase Strategy. 

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Topics: Business Growth, strategy, The Advantage, Southwest Airlines, Strategy Statement

Rewards of Fanatic Discipline

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Wed, Apr 3, 2013

Take a look at the picture on the right.  It’s a slide we share in our Four Decisions, public and private, one and two day Rockefeller Habits Workshops.  Infrequently people question these results.  They can’t believe these ratios and improvements are possible. 

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Topics: Business Growth, Great by Choice, fanatic discipline, Southwest Airlines

Have You Defined What Not To Do – Great by Choice SMaC Recipe

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Mar 25, 2013

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Topics: Great by Choice, 10Xers, fanatic discipline, SMaC Recipe, less is more, SMaC, Southwest Airlines

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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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