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Bookend Your Day – Darren Hardy’s Success Discipline

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Wed, May 25, 2011

Since hearing Darren Hardy speak about the Compound Effect and the discipline required for success I’ve been working on establishing the rituals he recommended.  Although I’ve considered myself to be a pretty disciplined person, the disciplines Hardy describes require a tenacity and determination that few are willing to follow.

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Topics: Discipline, Top Priority, priority

Discipline and Persistence Closes the Deal

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, May 5, 2011

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Topics: Discipline, Top Priority, Growth Summit, Sales Discipline

A New Baby Makes One Thing Clear

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Sep 30, 2010

A weekend ago I was in Port Washington spending time with my oldest son, his wife and my grandchild, Sophia Daniela .   I’m a grandfather for the first time, with two sons at home twelve and fifteen.  Watching my two youngest boys, my wife, my oldest son, and his wife enthralled with this young darling of 6 weeks was amazing.  It brought back emotional memories of when my three sons were all little and how important they were to me at that time.  For my oldest and his wife Kim, Sophia was all they could talk about.  If you’ve had children you know a baby completely changes your life, not only your schedule but how you prioritize.  Can you remember how children changed your life?  Chances are you can’t now.  Become a grandfather, and you’ll suddenly be enlightened again.  It was what this visit was about.  To meet her.  To get to know her.  To give her our love.

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Topics: One Thing, Top Priority, priorities

Quarterly Priorities – Implementing Your Plans

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Apr 15, 2010

Your long term goals for your business won't be achieved unless you break them down into individual accountabilities and priorities.  As Peter Drucker pointed out, "Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work."

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Topics: Top Priority, Discipline Plan, One Page Strategic Plan, priorities, Strategic Planning, Page Strategic Plan

Top Priorities – Customer Experience – Linksys comedy

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Tue, Apr 6, 2010

Is it comforting to know that even the big guys get things wrong when it comes to customer experience?  Maybe I'm daft, but yesterday when I attempted to replace my old wireless router with a new Linksys [Cisco] wireless router there seemed to be a clear disconnect between what the customer might experience and Linksys efforts to resolve potential problems. 

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Topics: customer survey, Strategic Discipline, Top Priority, Discipline Plan, priorities, customer satisfaction metrics, Core Competencies

Three Disciplines – Leadership Routines that Drive Growth

Posted by Mary Barnes on Tue, Dec 29, 2009


John D Rockefeller life is told in the book Titan by Ron Chernow.  Much has been said about the man often claimed to be the richest man in the world.  Verne Harnish, founder of Gazelles put Rockefeller's genius for business into a book, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits which distills his principles into a remarkably insightful 150 pages. 

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, One Thing, Top Priority, meeting rhythms, priorities, metrics

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