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The Freak Advantage

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jul 14, 2016

“Your strengths have the capacity to become so dominant that they render your limitations irrelevant.” - Dr. Lance Watson

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Topics: leadership, Strength Based Leadership, Weaknesses, Strengths, The Freak Factor

Stonewall Jackson’s SWOT – Great General, Poor Teacher

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, May 23, 2016

Are there some skills sets you find you’re not very good at?  Every one of us has strengths and weaknesses.

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Topics: People, People Decisions, Strength Based Leadership, Performance Management, Topgrading, People Decisions,, Performance Matrix

Customer Commonality - Leadership

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Dec 24, 2015

Three weeks ago I was invited to facilitate a new customer’s Annual Planning.  They’d been a long follower of the Rockefeller Habits implementing the principles on their own for nearly ten years. They felt they might be at a crossroads, anticipating they could breakthrough and achieve greater success with the help of a Gazelles Coach.  It was an honor to facilitate their meeting and help provide some additional insight into the nuances of Verne Harnish’s principles and the book Scaling Up.

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Topics: Discipline, leadership, Leadership Team, Strength Based Leadership

Who’s Responsible for Low Employee Engagement?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Apr 23, 2015

What’s your employee engagement level?

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Topics: employee engagement, Strength Based Leadership, Q12, First Break All the Rules, Performance Management, Communication

Balance and Strengths – Lessons from Ben Hur

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Fri, Nov 1, 2013

In the first or second grade I recall being in a parade of students ushered into our small home town theatre to watch the movie Ben Hur.  Going to a movie back then (circa 1960) was a big event.  The theatre had provided our Catholic Elementary school the entire theatre to show the movie Ben Hur.  Watching a movie on the big screen, before there were big screens in every home for TV, was awe inspiring.  I’ve grown to love the movie.  One of the conflicts in the movie is Judah Ben Hur’s rivalry with Messala, a roman tribune. 

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Topics: Balanced Priorities, People/Relationship Drivers, Balance, Strength Based Leadership

Will Business Coaching Work for you?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Wed, Feb 20, 2013

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Topics: Objective Management Group, A Players, Strength Based Leadership, business coaching

Leadership Development – Strategic Discipline’s Meeting Rhythms

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Wed, Jan 16, 2013

Developing your leadership skills requires time spent in the kitchen.  It requires actually riding the bicycle, cooking the brew, communicating, leading, establishing your presence, and developing your people is a leadership evolution process. 

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Topics: Discipline, Business Growth, leadership, meeting rhythms, routine, Strength Based Leadership

The Shadow of Leadership

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jan 14, 2013

Recently I had the opportunity to hear a group of team members extoll the leadership characteristics of one my clients through their Core Values review (discussed in this blog) Several of the team recognized his integrity, straightforwardness and absolute commitment to excellence.  The messages were sincere, heartfelt and real.  It was apparent they have great respect, reverence, and dedication to their leader.

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Topics: Business Growth, Five Dysfunctions of a Team, leadership, Level 5 Leadership, Leadership Team, Strength Based Leadership

Leadership Requires Vulnerability

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Aug 16, 2012

Many business and leadership skills are counter intuitive.  Take the idea of less is more.  Most of us believe if we tackle more we get more done, when precisely the opposite is true. 

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Topics: Acute Myeloid Luekemia, Five Dysfunctions of a Team, leadership, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits, Strength Based Leadership

Beat Goliath - Graham Weston Rackspace Houston Growth Summit

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Wed, May 11, 2011

Graham Weston took a risk asking our Growth Summit audience to give him comments good or bad about his company Rackspace.  At the core of his curiosity is a commitment to a cultural change he began in 1999 which has sky-rocketed his firm to enormous growth and an envied position in a highly competitive expanding marketplace.  A CEO from the audience responded describing an emergency situation where their server went down right before hosting an on line webinar at 10 PM on a Saturday.  Rackspace answered their call immediately and worked through the night to help them get their webinar on by 6 AM Sunday.  The CEO said it was the most impressive customer service performance he’d ever seen.

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Topics: Customer Feedback, Net Promoter Score, employee engagement, Strength Based Leadership, Ultimate Advantage

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