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The Deficit of Alignment

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jan 16, 2023

The One Page Strategic Plan is a great tool to bring your organization into alignment.

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Topics: Core Purpose, One Page Strategic Plan, Clarity of Purpose, Alignment, Purpose, The One Thing, Core Purpose, Clarity of Purpose,, Nine Lies About Work, Meaning

Prioritizing Chipotle’s General Manager & Throughput

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Apr 19, 2021

In Love is Free. Guac is Extra.: How Vulnerability, Empowerment, and Curiosity Built an Unstoppable Team, Monty Moran shares the decisions he made on Chipotle’s priorities, “If the most important skill of a leader is to build a strong team, the second most important skill is the ability to make many good decisions, quickly. Of course, in some ways, this is a distinction without a difference, since building strong teams requires many good decisions.”

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Topics: Top Priority, Business Priorities, priority, The One Thing, Monty Moran, Love is Free. Gauc is Extra

THE ONE THING Helps an Entrepreneur Sell His Business for a Premium

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Fri, Apr 20, 2018

Verne Harnish, Author of Scaling Up, issued our first quarterly magazine, SCALING UP!  I’m honored to be the first coach selected for the Coaches Corner highlight, which features a Gazelles coached customer who achieved success using the Scaling Up/Rockefeller Habits principles.  Printed with permission by the editors of Scaling Up, and Verne Harnish, with special thanks to Elaine Pofeldt, who wrote this article, and is helping me with my book on my cancer journey, here is the article from the first issue of SCALING UP.  You can visit the entire magazine here.

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Topics: priority, Scaling Up Verne Harnish, The One Thing, Pricing, Phil Lieber, P&L Technology

The Truth About Discipline, Habit, and Willpower

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Dec 28, 2017

“I just need more discipline.”

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Topics: Discipline, habits, Execution, Willpower, The One Thing, Winning Habit

The Majority You Want Comes From the Minority You Do

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Dec 21, 2017

Inequality of effort for results is everywhere in your life if you simply look for it.

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Topics: Top Priority, Annual Plan, The One Thing, Pareto Principle, Everything Matters Equally

Everything Matters Equally – NOT, When You Pursue Your ONE THING

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Dec 18, 2017

Just returned from 10 days traveling of Annual and Quarterly Planning with my customers. I want to press upon you and your business, the importance of The One Thing.  It’s critical to make your 2018 successful.  Focus is a critical part of achievement.  In today’s world it’s easy to be distracted. In our last blog on Multitasking, Eliminate Multi-tasking - Achieve 28% Greater Productivity, we shared time the average time per day a desk job employee loses to interruptions and distractions (2.1 hours). We shared how being distracted lowers your IQ by up to 10 points.  Focus is important to productivity and concentration. When you believe everything matters equally, you are majoring in minors.  Today’s blog is a repeat of my introductory blog, The Six Lies Between You and Success. Thursday I plan to share further insights into the “Everything Matters Equally” Lie from Gary Keller’s  The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, as well as helpful insights on the results my customers achieve from using the One Thing principle in their business.

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Topics: Annual Plan, productivity, The One Thing, Quarterly Plans, To do Lists, Every Thing Matters Equally

Eliminate Multi-tasking - Achieve 28% Greater Productivity

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Dec 11, 2017

Would you like your business to have a 28% increase in productivity in 2018?

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Topics: Multi-tasking, The One Thing, Multitasking, productive

The Big Lie REVISITED - Multitasking

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Dec 7, 2017

For the next 12 days I’m traveling to visit my customers for Annual and First Quarter Planning. For my customers and myself, determining the One Thing for the Year and next quarter is critical to making the start and 2018 a great year.  I don’t have any statistical evidence to support this, however I believe this time a year most of us are in the midst of having too much to do. The holidays do that!  It’s more likely you’ll be attempting to multitask to get more done.  DON’T.  This is a repeat of a blog I wrote two years ago in December.  My hope is to do a follow up for Monday if time permits with more data from the problems with Multitasking.  In the meantime, please read this.  Please think twice before you multitask.  Science has shown driving while talking on your phone places your skill at the level of a drunk driver.  It’s why we ask our children, especially our teenagers not to drive and use their phone, speaking or texting.  Eliminate Multitasking and you’ll get much more done this holiday season!  

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Topics: productivity, Multi-tasking, The One Thing

Extraordinary Results Require Great Answers

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jan 12, 2017

Have you ever had someone in your life who believed in you?

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, meeting rhythms, metrics, The One Thing, Extraordinary Results

The Anatomy of THE ONE THING QUESTION: Build a Success Habit

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jan 9, 2017

What’s the deal Doug?  Why all these continuing blogs on the One Thing?

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, Top Priority, The One Thing, Focusing Question, First Domino, Success Habit

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