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Building leadership capacity for excellence. It doesn't happen by osmosis!

Posted by Mark L. Vincent on Apr 14, 2014 5:00:00 AM

It is a common human approach to peruse information and hope something leaps into one’s head and sticks, successBreedsSuccessespecially when material is difficult to understand. Anyone struggling to understand geometry, as I did, knows that approach doesn’t work. Yet we try the osmosis approach by default.

This is no way to approach a business launch, a technology upgrade, or the edit of an operational manual either. If you wait to figure it out eventually, hoping that the solutions emerge and implement on their own simply because you showed up, entered the URL or flipped the power switch, two out of three results are achieved:

(Pick One)

  1. You go out of business.
  2. You settle for an anemic, part-time, barely sustainable organizational life.


  1. You fail to demonstrate your capacity to figure It out. 

It should not be lost on us that the maxim: success breeds success applies here. The capacity for future success comes from doing the hard work (developing the discipline) to be successful now. If you have not built the capacity for excellence and success you aren't likely to notice the unorthodox, breakthrough solutions because you took no time to understand and implement the conventional ones.  Even worse, if you succeed, you won't know what to do with it.

-mark l vincent


Topics: process consulting, organizational development consulting, executive leadership, Convene, Mark L. Vincent, Design Group International


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