I recently read an article in Forbes by Jeff Boss called “What Success Really Looks Like.” In the article, Jeff talks about a brainstorming meeting where they came up with 19 different statements to clearly communicate what success and winning look like in an environment of work and life.

Success and winning look differently to each person and organization with varying definitions. Vision and mission come from this view and regulates decisions, so it is vital to the future to define and understand what success looks like for you and your organization. Here are the results that Jeff shared in the article.

1. Winning isn’t something you achieve. Rather it’s a mindset of perpetual pursuit.

2. Winning is believing in a purpose.

3. Winning is about going to sleep at night with no regrets.

4. Winning is working in an environment where you’re not afraid.

5. Winning is often communicating.

6. Winning is empowering direct reports.

7. Winning is being vigilant to opportunity and not hesitating when a better one presents itself.

8. Winning realizes that the single greatest asset is your vision, values, character, and competence.

9. Winning is arriving late to work because “stuff” happens and giving a simple explanation rather than facing an inquisition.

10. Winning is starting every endeavor knowing that failure is just part of the process.

11. Winning is about being in the moment.

12. Winning is focusing on the business and not your peoples’ business.

13. Winning is having the confidence to have difficult conversations with people your respect, and being tactful in the conversations with those you don’t.

14. Winning is about checking your ego at the door and never retrieving it.

15. Winning is not bragging about your accomplishments.

16. Winning is assuming responsibility for your choices and consequent behavior.

17. Winning is living a life of balance.

18. Winning is focusing on what’s important.

19. More than anything winning is about the people with whom you surround yourself.


About the Author:

Terry is the President and Co-founder of Forward Leader and through his experience as a creative strategist and Executive Pastor is on a mission to transform followers into leaders who have a Jesus-Centered purpose, passion, and pursuit. As an anointed and gifted communicator, author, and pastor, Terry preaches the Bible and speaks on topics such as Leadership, Organizational Culture, Assimilation, and Teams. Terry is also the CEO of Stonefish Group, a full-service creative agency in the Pacific Northwest that provides solutions that positions clients in the marketplace to engage, influence, and lead.