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FAQ’s - How Answering Others’ Questions Benefits You!

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Aug 31, 2020

You’ve probably heard this before when you’ve been called up to achieve change in your company, create an innovation or working on a project of some magnitude, “Why didn’t we think of that to begin with?” Or, “Where was this question when we started this project?”

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Topics: Execution, Innovation Process, Better communication, Think Like Amazon, Managing Dependencies

Define Your Future with a Forcing Function Press Release

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Aug 24, 2020

My blog was delayed a week by a violent storm in Iowa called a derecho. It produced wind gusts of up to 140 mph. 21,000 of Alliant Energy's Linn County customers remained without power Wednesday night, according KCRG-TV9, ten days after the storm. With my power off, my sump pump couldn’t keep up with the water and my basement flooded. Forgive the delay in my blog. I’m still without Internet but plan to be consistent with my weekly blogs starting with this post.

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Topics: Accountability, Better communication, Think Like Amazon, Managing Dependencies, Forcing Function, Press Release

Forcing Function – Help Your Team Achieve More

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Aug 10, 2020

Our last several blogs I’ve encouraged you to read John Rossman’s Think Like Amazon: 50 1/2 Ideas to Become a Digital Leader. Forcing Functions are a powerful technique used at Amazon to enforce a strategy, change, or to get a difficult project launched.

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Topics: Accountability, Meetings a Cadence of Accountability, Managment Systems, Think Like Amazon, Managing Dependencies, Forcing Function

Gain Clarity: Write a Narrative

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Aug 3, 2020

I love to write. Most people I’ve discovered, do not.

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Topics: business clarity, Innovation Process, Clarity, Innovation, Think Like Amazon, Amazon Narratives

Innovation Requires A Different Mindset

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jul 27, 2020

Many business organizations struggle with innovation.

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Topics: Innovation Process, Innovation Window, Innovation, OUTTHINK THE COMPETITION, Think Like Amazon

Does Your Compensation Strategy Drive Enterprise Optimization?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jul 20, 2020

I’ve worked with 300+ businesses in my coaching career, which stared in 1999 shortly after the radio station I was part owner in sold.

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Topics: employee performance, How to Motivate Employees, Think Like Amazon, Rewards & Compensation, Employee Ownership

Think Like Amazon – Deliver Results

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jul 13, 2020

John Rossman in his book, Think Like Amazon: 50 1/2 Ideas to Become a Digital Leader, shares this story about Steve Jobs.

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Topics: Accountability, Extraordinary Results, Think Like Amazon, Managing Dependencies

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