The magic of change occurs as a result of follow through.

  • People are inspired while attending a conference but change only happens if they implement what was learned.
  • Coaches provide techniques for leaders to enhance their performance but learners must put the tools into practice.
  • Strategic plans outline great ideas to guide the future but tactics must be executed, not just printed on the page.
  • Meetings surface actions to move the organization forward but too often people don’t even think about them until it’s time to prepare for the next meeting.
  • Task forces start out with enthusiasm but fade when momentum isn’t intentionally sustained in between deadlines.
  • New year’s resolutions start with good intentions but fail without good follow through.

Developing plans is the easy part. If you really want to make something happen you need to follow through on the implementation — over and over again. Change never happens on autopilot.

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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