It always feels too soon to leap. But you have to. Because that’s the moment between you and remarkable.”— Seth Godin

Are you ready for a leap of faith?

That is the question any leader is answering when they choose to invest in something new. This question applies to training, coaching, new tools, or anything that costs time and money.

Do they trust that this investment will be worth it?

This newsletter continues the focus on ensuring your organization is making investments that return great value.  In the first newsletter, I proposed five key steps. This newsletter is an elaboration on step # 3, Ensure the investment is highly recommended.

The question almost always comes down to “How do I know the expert I am hiring is worth the investment?”   Even if you are buying new tools, you are putting your faith in the people who will train and support your use of those tools.

The number one way to discover this is to research the people who came before and found great value working with those experts.

When I say this out loud, everyone knows this. However, it is interesting how few people do the proper research. Here are three suggestions to get the information you need to make the leap of faith.

  1. Read the reviews. This one sounds easy, and most people do it.  However, bring your critical thinking skills to this step. Dig deeper to see what’s behind those reviews.
  2. Talk to those who are recommending this solution.  What value did they find?  How did they ensure that they received the best outcomes from their investment?
  3. Judge the quality of the expert and their solutions from the quality of their students.   When I see people being greatly successful, I often find a mentor in the shadows smiling at their success. 

I have followed these steps whenever I make a large investment. The third step has given me the greatest confidence to make the leap of faith and invest the money and time.

Yours in the calm pursuit of excellence,


Alan Willett

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