Personal Success Indicators for 2016


As you move into a new year with your leadership team, have you thought about what makes some people more successful than others? This has been top of mind for me recently. I have written about getting the right people, but not with the perspective of success attributes.

Here is an amazing and very perceptive infographic by MaryEllen Tribby on this very question (yes, from 2012, but still right on). She presents a list of attributes of successful and unsuccessful people. It seems to boil down to one thing…successful people ‘get it!’

Take a look at the list of attributes of successful and unsuccessful people. Accurate? Inaccurate? Do you see anything missing from one side or the other?

2015 Top Business Leaders and Books

Fortune’s Nicholas Varchaver talks about the leaders on the Business Person of the Year list.

The New Year 2016 is just around the corner! Planning season is in full swing. Successful companies are creating their roadmap for 2016. I have observed over and over again that the difference in our success or failure is not chance, but choice. Whatever the challenge or adversity, it’s not what happens that will determine our destiny; it’s how we react to what happens.

Take 2 1/2 minutes to hear Fortune’s Nicholas Varchaver talk about the leaders on the Business Person of the Year list and how they have reacted to their challenge or adversity. And check out these five recommended must-read books to help you break out of ruts and get inspired for 2016.

12 Rules for Family Business Failure

Family Business Failure

Did you know that 80% of the businesses in the United States are family-owned? And did you know family businesses contribute 60% of the gross domestic product to the US economy, and employ 60% of the population?

Yet only 3% of family businesses make it to the fourth generation. That means 97% do not.

What is it about the magic 3%? What are they doing that’s different?

How Do I Know I Have the Right People?

The Right People

PEOPLE. Of all the components of business, people continues to reign as the number one decision for success and growth. Jim Collins, author of Good to Great, states adamantly “who first!” Great companies have the right people in their organization before they focus on the “what, where and how” of growth.

But how do we know we have the right people? I continue to get this question from clients, alliances, and many of my relationships. Until you settle your people issues, they will consume a tremendous amount of emotional energy and make it difficult to focus. So I want to share again the principles that Jim Collins teaches about the right people. They are classic, simple and easy to use in your business …

Five Ways to Avoid Commoditization in Your Business

Avoid Commoditization

Decreasing profits and increasing competition characterize commoditization. This is a fact of life in most industries today for many reasons. In the eyes of your buyers, products and services are less and less differentiated.

At the same time, there has been a significant transformation of consumer behavior. They are more informed about the products and services they want to buy; they are armed with comparative data about quality, availability, and price; and they are determined to be successful on their terms.

So, how do you and your company respond? Here are five ways to avoid commoditization in your business.