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What Are Your Accountability Standards?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Oct 24, 2013

How do you measure accountability?

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Topics: Accountability, weekly meetings, Culture of Discipline, Meetings a Cadence of Accountability

Dashboards Bring Out The Best

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Tue, Sep 3, 2013

As a leader the biggest kick I received was seeing my people succeed.  Years ago while still in the broadcasting field I attended an industry conference in Dallas.  There a former sales person approached me and fawned over the training and experience she’d gained working for me.  She was now a radio station general manager and doing extremely well for a sizeable radio station group in Minnesota.  I was overwhelmed.  I had no idea how well she had done, nor would she attribute much of her success to my contribution.

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Topics: employee engagement, Accountability, weekly meetings, employee performance, Business Dashboards, Build Business Dashboard, productivity

Weekly Meetings - Solve Your Company’s Most Pressing Issues

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Aug 29, 2013

There are a lot of reasons to not like meetings.  This is certainly the case if they are ill defined, lack structure, and are devoid of purpose.

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Topics: Accountability, weekly meetings, Annual Plan, meetings

Performance Appraisals - Is the System Irrevocably Broken?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Aug 26, 2013

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Topics: weekly meetings, employee performance, Aubrey Daniels, performance, daily huddle, system

Conflict Norms Provide Better Decision Making Meetings

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Jun 27, 2013

Conflict is good.  It leads to better decisions by providing a forum for your leadership team to be open and free with their opinions. 

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Topics: weekly meetings, Decision-Making, Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Patrick Lencioni, better decisions through conflict

Increase Your Team's Accountability

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Tue, Oct 30, 2012

Happy Halloween!   It’s one of my favorite holidays!  It reminds me of the responsibility parents face to ensure their children are safe and that in the face of receiving a deluge of candy they don’t get sick or over indulge in the very incentive the Halloween Holiday presents. 

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Topics: Accountability, weekly meetings, meeting rhythms, performance, productivity

Six Rules to Change From Supply-Based to Demand Based

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Oct 25, 2012

The Rules are changing.  As noted in How Companies Win – Prepare for A Demand-Driven Economy we’ve been moving from a supply-based to demand based economy. The book How Companies Win: Profiting from Demand-Driven Business Models No Matter What Business You're In, by authors Rick Kash, David Calhoun examines this and my blog specifically provides an example from the book on how McDonalds has successfully negotiated this change already. 

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Topics: Customer Feedback, weekly meetings, meeting rhythms, Demand Based Economy

Start Getting Your Business Culture Right

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, May 31, 2012

The last three Strategic Discipline blogs emphasize the importance of getting your culture right. The reward? Businesses that have great cultures grow at an unprecedented pace compared to their competition and the market itself.  

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Topics: employee engagement, weekly meetings, Organizational Health, The Advantage, Business Culture

Employee Feedback Opportunities

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Oct 10, 2011

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Topics: Employee Feedback, weekly meetings, positive reinforcement, priorities, Balance

Employee Feedback – The Need for Frequent Positive Reinforcement

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Sep 22, 2011

How often do you need to reinforce?  Dawn of Impatience shares Aubrey Daniel’s Bringing Out the Best In People’s view why since 1984 the influence and commitment to positive reinforcement has steadily increased.

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Topics: Employee Feedback, weekly meetings, employee performance, positive reinforcement

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