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The High Ground – Your Dashboard

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jun 23, 2011

Having a vantage point over your competitor is always a good thing.  In war armies seek the high ground to provide an advantage over their enemy.  As we move toward another Fourth of July I’ve been spending some of my free time reviewing books on the greatest battle that occurred on American soil.  In the three days leading up to July 4th in 1863 the Federal army occupied the high ground around Gettysburg, turning it into an advantage that defeated General Lee’s confederate armies. The victory eventually led to the reunion of our nation.  At Gettysburg the high ground determined the victor.

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, Business Dashboards, metrics, measurement, Strategic Learning

Execution or Bad Choices – Why Do Businesses Fail

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Aug 26, 2010

Why do most businesses fail?  It’s natural to assume most businesses fail due to poor execution.  The answer may surprise you. 

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, meeting rhythms, priorities, metrics, Strategic Learning, Execution

Strategic Learning - Five Killer Competencies

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Aug 9, 2010

A fundamental principal of Gazelles coaching is learning plus coaching equals growth.  The book Strategic Learning, by Willie Pietersen confirms and reinforces these principals.   The author points out that the key is to focus learning to shift from strategy as planning to strategy as learning, and thus to the new mission of strategy: to create an adaptive enterprise.

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, Aubrey Daniels, Strategic Learning, VUCA, Five Killer Competencies

The Pace of Change Requires Strategic Discipline

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Wed, Aug 4, 2010

I read several books while on vacation including one recommended by one of our Gazelles coaches, Strategic Learning, by Willie Pietersen.  I’m sure you’ve noticed how frantically the environment is changing.  One of my clients today when reviewing his preparatory work for our Two Day Rockefeller Workshop noted one of his greatest fears is keeping pace with the rapid changes in technology that influence his business.  He’s afraid some pimple faced kid in a garage may come up with a tool that will render his company obsolete. 

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, meeting rhythms, priorities, metrics, Strategic Learning, Pace of Change

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