In yesterday’s blog post, I wrote about how one must work at becoming successful, presenting Doug Belshaw’s reflections. Rosabeth Moss Kanter made a post along the same lines that presents five powers that successfully get ideas of the ground, which are:
- Showing up: the importance of being there in person.
- Speaking up: the framing the debate and articulating the consensus.
- Teaming up: the importance of partners, teams and communities.
- Looking up: the importance of seeing the picture, articulating setting strong values and setting sights high.
- Not giving up: the importance of persevering and being optimistic.
I can personally speak to the importance of these five powers. The first power, in particular, is an important one to remind ourselves of. In this era of digital communication and Web conferencing, there is nothing like being face to face with someone to foster strong relationship building.
The blogger concludes by reminding us that:
Achieving goals is always a matter of hard work, and success is never guaranteed.
And of course, as W.C. Fields put it:
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
Every effort brought forward, every attempt is a learning opportunity and valuable experience.
- Five Powers that Get Ideas off the Ground | Harvard Business Review Blog | Rosabeth Moss Kanter | 20 September 2010
Initially published on Brandon Hall’s Workplace Learning Today