The Success Formula - Part 1

The Success Formula represents the foundation for building a successful organization. Whether it’s in business, sports, or any other endeavour doesn’t matter. The core values and principles are the same, and that’s why we can view it as a law, as laws are universal and apply everywhere.

In a series of posts, I will walk you through the core elements of The Success Formula, and in this part 1, we will look at Clarity.

A good friend and former colleauge of mine use to say, that everything starts and ends with leadership. This also happens to be a vital part of The Success Framework and it’s also what Clarity is all about. True leadership is about formulating and making very clear a number of key components. Because without Clarity you and your team/organization are fumbling in the dark.

Clarity is about formulating:

  • Clear leadership
  • Clear vision
  • Clear mission/purpose
  • Clear values
  • Clear goals
  • Clear strategies
  • Clear roles and responsibilities
  • Clear and transparent information and communication
  • Clear rules, policies and principles

Clarity is about eliminating any doubts, and makes life so much more easy. And still, this is where so many organizations fail. In fact, I know companies that for many years didn’t have any overall goals, or any strategies for that matter. And ofcourse they failed, miserably to say the least. So instead off being on the path from good to great, they were on the path down mediocracy way.

Some executive managers that I’ve met through the years, even believes in Mushroom Management, in other words keep everybody in the dark and spread the shit on them. Personally, I believe in full transparency. If anyone is old enough, and skilled enough to work for the organization, they are also capeable of hearing the truth, which I’ll cover in a later post.

One of the keywords here is purpose. You can have very clear goals, but if the purpose is murky or there is not defined a clear purpose at all, the goals are really irrelevant. As they say at Toyota – always ask why five times. Why are we doing this? Why are we going in the direction that we are going? Why are we having these rules, policies, and principles? Why are we hiring this person? Why, why, why, why, why?

Asking WHY helps eliminate any doubt and makes things even more clear. So be like the young child – ask why!