Friday, August 30, 2013

Performance Results in Focus

Of course, the number of hours you put in do matter.  But at the end of the day, your efforts must serve their purpose and produce expected outcomes.

There are two American sayings that are apropos here:  Sometimes you have to take the bull by the horns, and you have to pull yourself up by the bootstraps.  It's taking control, doing the hard work, and making something happen.

Integrity comes from making the right promises and delivering right.  

If you've embarked on something wholly unconventional or undreamed-of, then there may be so much effort put in and so many encounters with failure, that the correlation between success and effort may be zero.


This is simply common sense, but it makes for a perfect metaphor.

This refers to football, but we can safely generalize that all professional sports are a results-based business.

When words have the power to engage and inspire, as well as ridicule and demoralize, then definitely words matter.

Steve Jobs wasn't just a visionary and innovator, but also a taskmaster on detail, preparation and quality.

Neither leaders nor their staff ought never confuse effort and results.

When done properly, executive coaches do help CEOs learn, develop and improve themselves signficantly.

Jim Collins emphasized that great leaders put people first, before results.  Results follow from great people.  I know it may be tacit, but let's put it on the table:  Before people, there must be great leaders.   

Navigating the waters from Big Data and insight, to actionable plans and business results is much easier said than done.  

The paradigm of the inveterate entrepreneur, Branson knows full-well what matters the most.

Poor management may have terrific people to rely on, but in the end it sows the seeds of its own undoing.

Socializing or networking is in the fabric of the human condition, and the focus may be the business and the leaders themselves.

Advice I heard years ago:  Act like you belong, play like a champion.  

Thank you for reading, and let me know what you think!  Also, if you'd like a PDF of this article, please e-mail me at

Ron Villejo, PhD

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