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Sourcing Talent - Best Methods for Finding Talent for Your Business

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jun 13, 2013

Attempting to find someone to fill a key position at your company after they’ve left is the worst time to do so.

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Topics: Objective Management Group, Topgrading, hiring decisions, The Right People

How Do You Make Good Decisions?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Sun, Aug 5, 2012

As a Senior E-Myth Consultant for nearly ten years we had a specific process labeled “Special Decision Techniques” that we were able to provide for our clients to help them in decision making.  This process noted four factors that make business decisions difficult:

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Topics: Decision Paralysis, Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Great by Choice, Jim Collins, The Right People, How the Mighty Fall,

Why Aren’t You Committed to Topgrading?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jun 11, 2012

Friday on my return from a meeting with the bone marrow transplant program and my transplant doctor (Dr Silverman) I had time to consider commitment as my wife and I drove back to Cedar Rapids from the University of Iowa.  The numbers given us about bone marrow transplant weren’t particularly encouraging.  Only about 15% of bone marrow transplant patients make it beyond a couple of years and get into complete remission of their cancer.   Appalling!  You thought the numbers are disappointing for people lying on their resumes.

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Topics: A Players, Topgrading, The Right People

Run, Improve or Create Systems. Selecting the Right People

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, May 9, 2011

A common mistake in the recruiting and hiring process is to be unclear about who and what you are hiring for.  With every one of our growing clients we recommend Topgrading methods to select the right employees.  It’s important to recognize that of the Four Decisions that impact your business growth, People is the critical first piece.  I remind you of Jim Collins words in Good to Great, “First who than what.” 

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Topics: Good to Great, Accountability, People, A Players, Topgrading, The Right People

Discipline Can Offend

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Wed, Mar 16, 2011

I’m on vacation this week and thought I’d direct you to a couple of blogs and an interesting video that may directly or indirectly offend some people.   I thought about discussing political correctness however that is a blog that could go on for quite some time and I’d miss my plane this afternoon.  The blogs stress getting the right people and how discipline in choosing the right people can dramatically influence productivity.

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Topics: Discipline, productivity, The Right People

The Right People – Your Accountability

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Feb 10, 2011

Last blog I discussed the importance of rituals and routines in developing accountability.  A recent article in the New York Times caught my attention since it focused on successful companies and the importance of getting the right people to make a business great.  People decisions are extremely important to making your business successful, and too often we fail to recognize how keeping the wrong people in our business holds us back.  We don’t see this as a piece of the accountability puzzle.  

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Topics: Discipline, Good to Great, Accountability, People, The Right People

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