“Knowledge is rarely enough to spark change; it takes emotion to bring knowledge to a boil.”— Chip Heath

I had the extraordinary experience last week of finding myself on “higher ground.”  I had a better view of the value-based consulting I have been doing.  More importantly, from this higher vantage point, I was able to visualize better how I can make more positive impacts in the years to come.

I sought this higher ground by attending Alan Weiss’s Thought Leadership Summit in West Palm Beach, Florida. I was there with the host Alan Weiss (author of over 50 books) and 15 other thought leaders in various fields.  The guest speaker Chip Heath, pictured with me, was very inspiring. Chip is the author of many influential books. 

The discussions we had and the work we did together were challenging and inspirational. 

3 Take-aways from Alan Weiss’s Thought Leadership Summit

Always start and end with a focus on high value for those that you serve. In other words, do not get lost in the methodology. Do not get caught up in the details of planning. Those are important, but they are useless without a complete focus on what you will achieve.

When you start to feel comfortable, it is time to seek higher ground. The stability of the plateau can be very enticing. However, there are cliffs on the edges. When feeling comfortable for too long, it is time to push your envelope to new ideas.

Do not sweat the small losses. They lead to big wins. When working on new ideas, there will be setbacks. There will be people ready and willing to criticize. The losses and the friction are all fodder you can use to build towards creating the best value for those that you lead.

Yours in the calm pursuit of excellence,

Alan Willett

Here I am with author and featured speaker, Chip Heath

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