Monday I spent 8+ hours with one of my clients working on strategic and annual planning for 2014. I purposely say strategy and planning because they are two separate elements to work on.
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In less than 24 hours ten days ago, from Friday to Saturday the following day, my world spun 180 degrees or more. (See A Personal Story – Can You Sell Your Business?)
As publisher of Success Magazine for 15 years, having interviewed countless successful people pursuing his passion to provide his readers with an alternative to the negative news media stories that predominate today’s communication channels, Darren Hardy is an authority on success. Darren admitted to being a self achievement addict. He’s discovered there is a big difference between over achievers and super achievers. The difference however he’s discovered is not what they do.
It’s half-time in a girl’s freshman basketball game. The score 31-9. My officiating partner and I discuss how difficult our job can become in a lopsided game. We need to keep our heads in the game despite the score. The team that’s leading is the first to score in the second half. They score again, and again, still again. By the time the third quarter is over they are the only team that’s scored and it’s now 48-9.
This week I spent about 16-20 intense hours working with a client’s executive team developing their strategic focus through Gazelles Two Day Rockefeller Habits Workshop. In Willie Pietersen’s book Strategic Learning he indicates that focus and compounding are the two most powerful forces in the universe. Developing clarity of focus is your springboard. Albert Einstein called compound interest the most powerful force in the universe. [Compounding is reinvesting the income on an investment and watching your principle grow. It grows exponentially over time. See Chart below.]