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Change Your Organizations Behavior

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Feb 26, 2024

We’re going to share points to help change your culture and your organization’s behavior.

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Topics: strategy, human behavior performance, Company Culture, Harmonious Culture of Accountability, Culture, Strategy Decision, Change Your Culture, Uncommon Service, The Four Service Truths, Frances Frei Anne Morriss

You Must Manage Your Customer – Uncommon Service Truth #4

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Feb 5, 2024

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Topics: customer service, Your Core Customer, Strategy Decision, Strategy - How, Uncommon Service, The Four Service Truths, Frances Frei Anne Morriss

Someone Has to Pay for It - Uncommon Service Truth # 2

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jan 22, 2024

Businesses invest a lot of time and money figuring out how to execute more efficiently with fewer people, discovering how new machines, methods, and processes can help them lower costs or improve their service, yet most don’t recognize any additional service or upgrade for the customer increases the cost in providing it.

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Topics: Strategy Decision, Strategy - How, Uncommon Service, The Four Service Truths, Frances Frei Anne Morriss

The “M” Game – Hard Systems: Strategy System

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Oct 30, 2023

The primary reason I added Metronomic’s and Shannon Susko’s 3HAG Way to my coaching tools was to help my customers improve their strategy.

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, Strategy Decision, Strategy - How, Shannon Byrne Susko, Strategy Creation, The "M" Game, Hard and Soft Systems, Metronomics Repeatable Playbook, Metronomics Hard Systems

Execution – Why it’s the Same as Strategy

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Dec 26, 2022

In A New Way to Think: Your Guide to Superior Management EffectivenessRoger Martin believes execution is the same as strategy.

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Topics: Execution, strategy decisions, Strategy Decision, Strategy - How, Winning Strategy, Execution What it's the Same As Strategy, Roger Martin, A New Way to Think

CEO TEST - #1 Can You Develop a Simple Plan for Your Strategy

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Aug 2, 2021

The CEO Test: Master The Challenges That Make Or Break All Leaders, authors Adam Bryant, and Kevin Sharer provide the key elements a CEO needs for success. This is not a touchy-feely book, although it does address the need for establishing culture. Nor is it a prescriptive book about how to create the right strategy. It reveals Seven Key Tests to be a successful CEO with key insights from leaders who are provided as examples.

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Topics: Discipline Plan, Strategy Decision, Strategy - How, Strategy Question, Competitive Strategy, The CEO Test

Differentiation – Does It Require Being the Best?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Feb 22, 2021

The contractor did remodels. He worked in the Chicago Suburbs and had a thriving business. The systems he’d developed built consistency and predictability. His team knew how to do their jobs, by following his precise systems. His firm had the area’s best reputation.

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Topics: Differentiation, One Phrase Strategy, Strategy Decision, Differentiation Strategy, Competitive Strategy, Key Attribution Framework, 3HAG WAY

2021 Focus on Strategy

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Dec 28, 2020

If 2020 was a humbling year for you in terms of revenue growth, then it’s time to work on strategy.

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Topics: strategy, Strategy Decision, Strategy - How, Competitive Strategy, 3HAG WAY

Understand Success – Your Flywheel Architecture & Extensions

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jun 22, 2020

"The greatest danger in business and life lies not in outright failure but in achieving success without understanding why you were successful in the first place."

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Topics: Jim Collins, Build up to Breakthrough Flywheel, Strategy Decision, Strategy - How, Turning the Flywheel, Flywheel, Flywheel Extension, Good to Great to Gone

Four Strategies to Amazon Proof Your Business

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jun 8, 2020

As we shared in Amazon Flywheel transformed its business - Bezonomics, discovering it’s Flywheel in 2001 transformed Amazon into the powerhouse it is today.

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Topics: Strategy Decision, Strategy - How, Flywheel, bezonomics, brian dumaine, amazon, amazon proof

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