Recently I had the opportunity to speak to a group of emerging leaders at the American Society of Naval Engineers Technology, Systems, and Ships Conference. I enjoyed talking with them and experiencing their vibrant energy. During our time together, one message I shared with them was this:
People who advance to the leading edge of performance have clear intention. They:
- Make a positive difference with measurable results.
- Show a steadfast resolve to achieve big, bold goals.
- Reflect inward and take responsibility when things go wrong as opposed to blaming others.
Professional intention = results, resolve and reflection.
It reminds me of a quote by NFL coach Bill Parcells, “Blame no one. Expect nothing. Do something!”
Effective individuals have clear intention, and they constantly compare their stated intention to their actual results.