Lee J. Colan, Ph.D. is a leadership consultant and the author of 12 books, the co-founder of The L Group, and a popular speaker. His latest book, co-authored with his wife Julie, is Stick with It: Mastering the Art of Adherence.
I recently had the opportunity to ask Lee a few questions about his new book and his extensive experience working in the field of leadership, strategy execution and employee engagement.
Lee, this book is an updated version of a previous bestselling book of yours: Sticking to It. What led you to update it?
Well, Skip, we had been applying the Adherence Equation for 10 years:
We learned from and worked with our clients to hone and develop new tools that support adherence (defined as consistent execution), and we wanted to share our learnings. Even though I wrote 10 other books during that time, the Adherence Equation still seemed to resonate with organizations of all sizes and industries. Truth be told, that first book remained my bestseller. Clearly, I should have stopped after my first one!
I finally decided, with the better judgment of my business partner and wife of 25 years, that we should take our own medicine and FOCUS. So, we have poured our best stories, examples and tools into this expanded and enhanced follow-up that serves as a roadmap for consistent execution.
Focus provides the clarity necessary to make decisions that support your most important goals. It results in a clearly defined pathway to success. A sharp focus answers the “what” question – What do you need to do to execute your strategy?
Competence is used in the broadest sense of the term. It encompasses all the skills, systems, processes and tools a team uses to achieve its goals. The result is the ability to commit to, measure and hit your targets. Building competence answers the “how” question – How will you execute your strategy?
Passion creates a sense of connectedness. It creates a connection between teammates, a connection to our human need for meaningful work and a connection to each individual’s sense of value and contribution. Igniting passion answers the “why” question – Why are you executing your strategy?