The Secret To Success

The past couple of months have been busy facilitating 2-day Annual Planning Sessions with client Leadership Teams. The teams review the previous year, as well as the previous quarter, to measure the progress they made achieving their 1- Year Plan and their quarterly Rocks.

I routinely ask the teams to identify what they did well, what they could have done better, and what they learned. That discussion often leads to questions about how to define success. And the answers to that question are as varied as the Core Focus™, also known as their “why”, of all the organizations with which I have the honor of working.

How do you define success? Though everyone’s definition is different, the author Carl Holmes wrote an essay that I believe is a great description of success, both personal and professional. So today, I share his words with you:

AND THEN SOME . . . these three little words are the secret to success. They are the difference between average people and top people in most companies. The top people always do what is expected . . . and then some.

They are thoughtful of others; they are considerate and kind . . . and then some.

They meet their responsibilities fairly and squarely . . . and then some.

They are good friends and helpful neighbors . . . and then some.

They can be counted on in an emergency . . . and then some.

I am thankful for people like this, for they make the world a better place.

Their spirit of service is summed up in these three little words . . . and then some.

I have heard my Leadership Teams use all these words to define what success means for them both professionally and personally . . . and then some. 

Are you and your team working on how to make your definition of success clearer? Are you striving for ways to go above and beyond for your business and for your clients? If you answered yes to either of these questions, please use the consult form below to schedule a free, 15-minute phone consultation with me. I am passionate about helping people like you analyze their organization, strategy, and leadership to garner the greatest success possible. Let’s start a conversation and get you a little closer to “and then some.” 

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