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5 Predictors of Success

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The Harvard Business Review Nov/Dec 2017 feature article was on “Launching Successful Leaders: How to Make Sure Your Most Promising People Reach Their Highest Potential” (cover showed a rocket launch) and it listed 5 Predictors of Success (below) but did not really define or explain them. I liked the list so I filled it out a bit.

Motivation: The desire (the NEED) to DO things, accomplish tasks and goals, make something significant or meaningful happen.

Curiosity: The desire to know and acquire knowledge and skill, a wide ranging inquisitive interest, even if not directly related to a current task.

Insight: Understanding of a specific cause and effect within a specific context, ability to see complex relationships and comprehend their interactions over time. Wisdom. EQ.

Engagement: Fully absorbed by and enthusiastic about their tasks/mission; possessing a positive attitude.

Determination: Firmness of purpose; resoluteness, resolution, resolve, willpower, strength of character, single-mindedness, purposefulness, perseverance, persistence, tenacity, staying power, strong-mindedness, backbone, spirit, courage, pluck, grit, stout-hearted, guts.

Closing Quote:

“The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone.” – Orison Swett Marden, 1850-1924

As always, I share what I most want and need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier


One Comment

  • Posted November 27, 2017 at 12:38 PM | Permalink

    “Understanding of a specific cause and effect within a specific context” -this is broader understanding
    which cannot take place when the person is focused on people-pleasing & latter-climinb, but on achieving a quantitive outcome.
    The style and manner in which the outcome manifests itself may be varied from the original vision, &it most definitely will, for if we knew all the ropes&latters to swing from, we wouldn’t be needed in the first place. Leadership & improvisation require one hand on the wheel, one on the gear shift, & two steady eyes on the road ahead.

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