Right Commitment 02.18.19 // Michael Canic

How to Win the War Against Distractions

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You’re ambitious. You’re results-driven. You want to win. But you have enemies. They’re fighting against what you want. And they’re growing stronger by the day. ... Read More


Right Commitment 12.31.18 // Michael Canic

How “Ruthless Consistency” Wins Championships

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When Arthur Blank decided the time was ripe to launch a Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion team in Atlanta he went all in. They launched in 2017. In 2018, Blank’s team – Atlanta United – won the MLS Championship. Since when does a 2nd-year team in ... Read More


Right Commitment 12.03.18 // Michael Canic

What is Your “Improvability Index?”

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“Becoming” is more important than “being.” Being is static; becoming is dynamic. Being works if things never change. Becoming is essential because things continually change. ... Read More


Right Commitment 11.05.18 // Michael Canic

Make it Safe to Speak the Uncomfortable Truths

Make it Safe to Speak the Uncomfortable Truths

As a consultant, I know that one thing clients want me to do when I assess their organizations is to tell them the uncomfortable truths. Where are they weak? Where are they vulnerable? What are they not doing that they should be doing? What are they doing ... Read More


Right Commitment 10.09.18 // Michael Canic

Why and How To Hold Your People Constructively Accountable

Why and How To Hold Your People Constructively Accountable

There are lots of reasons for not holding your people accountable for poor performance. It’s uncomfortable. It’s emotional. It takes time. It takes energy. The costs of holding your people accountable are significant. So what do you do? You procrastin ... Read More


Right Commitment 09.10.18 // Michael Canic

This One Test Reflects Your Level of Commitment

This One Test Reflects Your Level of Commitment

Everyone says they’re committed. Everyone says they want to win. I’ve surveyed thousands of organizational leaders, asking them about their commitment to winning, however they define it. Their answers? “100% committed.” “All in.” “Failure ... Read More


Right Commitment 08.13.18 // Michael Canic

How to Overcome the Common Biases Every Leader Has

How to Overcome the Common Biases Every Leader Has

During my doctoral studies in the psychology of human performance I was fortunate to study with Daniel Kahneman, a psychologist who would go on to win the Nobel prize for his pioneering work in behavioral economics. Behavioral economics deals with the sys ... Read More


Right Commitment 07.03.18 // Michael Canic

Your Team Failed to Meet Expectations? Here’s How to Recalibrate

Your Team Failed to Meet Expectations? Here’s How to Recalibrate

Last week, with the World Cup underway, I wrote about the resurgence of German soccer and how success can lead to failure can lead to success. I outlined how the defending champions did a tremendous job of rebuilding their national program over the past 2 ... Read More


Right Commitment 06.18.18 // Michael Canic

Why Even Picasso Didn’t Rely on Talent Alone

Why Even Picasso Didn’t Rely on Talent Alone

Pablo Picasso is considered one of the greatest painters of the 20th century. On a recent trip to Spain we toured the Picasso Museum in Barcelona and discovered how he became the artist he was. Seeing paintings by a 13-year-old Picasso, it was obvious he ... Read More


Right Commitment 05.21.18 // Michael Canic

4 Ways to Make Better Decisions

4 Ways to Make Better Decisions

As a leader you’re constantly faced with decisions. How you handle them says a lot about you. And can have major implications for your business. So how can you become more effective at making decisions? ... Read More

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Michael Canic

Michael has posted a weekly blog on Making Strategy Happen for over 5 years. (Well, he did miss one on New Year’s Eve 2012 that we won’t talk about!)