— A Shot is a poignant leadership tip from “a rifle.” Yes, leadership coach, Tom Newhouse, uses a rifle from his farming heritage to “tell it like it is.” —
SUCCESS IS A PROCESS, more than it is a product. I saw this time and again as a rifle. Many actions combined to yield success: Sighting in the weapon, practicing shooting, planning, studying game habits, applying for hunting privileges, obtaining gear, arranging logistics, staking out, waiting, seizing the moment. Bang! Success: Didn’t just happen all at once, did it?
Okay, you leaders, what’s the point? Maybe, you say, doing preliminary steps well establishes the potential for success at the last step. Very good. I will add that with each step is a decision: You decide to do the preliminaries, and you decide to do them well. Success is then a series of decisions along a path that you execute well. Get lazy, aim for shortcuts, then little chance for success. Engage, commit, and execute the preliminaries, then reap the rewards. Bang!