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Leadership Lesson: Mastering the Art of Adherence

By this time of year, nearly 70% of all we are resolving to change is on the brink of dissolving. Mastering the Art of Adherence can make a difference for you this year. World-class leaders and organizations use this time-tested, real-world validated formula for winning:

When you consistently sharpen Focus, build Competence and ignite Passion, you plant the seeds of victory. Initially, you may not see tangible results, but rest assured growth is occurring under the surface. As you stick with it, momentum builds, creating a self-reinforcing cycle of victory.

– Focus provides the clarity necessary to make decisions that support your most important goals. It results in a clearly defined pathway to success. A sharp focus answers the “what” question – What do you need to do to execute your strategy?

– Competence is used in the broadest sense of the term. It encompasses all the skills, systems, processes and tools a team uses to achieve its goals. The result is the ability to commit to, measure and hit your targets. Building competence answers the “how” question – How will you execute your strategy?

– Passion creates a sense of connectedness. It creates a connection between teammates, a connection to our human need for meaningful work and a connection to each individual’s sense of value and contribution. Igniting passion answers the “why” question – Why are you executing your strategy?

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Lee J. Colan, Ph.D. has authored 12 popular books. His latest will be released April 9 by McGraw-Hill, Stick with It: Mastering the Art of Adherence. Lee and co-author, Julie Davis-Colan, draw upon 25 years of corporate leadership, field research, executive consulting, and training with many of the world’s leading organizations.