Right Commitment 09.30.19 // Michael Canic

The Discipline of Commitment and a Commitment to Discipline

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Ray Zinn, founder and CEO of Micrel, is the longest serving CEO of a publicly traded company in Silicon Valley. He led the microchip company to profitability in 36 of 37 years, ... Read More

Right Commitment 08.19.19 // Michael Canic

How Committed Are You to “Winning”?

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How committed are you to “winning”? Almost every leader will say things like: “Very!” “I’m all in!” “One hundred percent!” ... Read More

Right Commitment 06.10.19 // Michael Canic

How Should You Respond To Disappointing Results?

Unbelievable. The results aren’t just disappointing, they’re disastrous. You and your team are shell-shocked. You thought the market would respond but the market just didn’t respond. So how should you respond? ... Read More

Right Commitment 04.22.19 // Michael Canic

Be Honest About Your Excuses

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The results aren’t what you wanted. You had committed to achieving more, but you didn’t. And of course you can tick off a list of reasons why. ... Read More

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

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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!)