Key to your success


DeliveryIn my many year in the Information Technology industry, I’ve met many types of people that managed to be successful in their career.   Each of those folks has his/her own journey to their desired position.   Some were on a fast track; others have a great or strong network, while others let their work speak for itself.

In my effort to understand their source of success, I observed and watched how they conducted themselves.   How did they interact with others? And, more importantly their relationship with others.

Here are my observations:

  • They connect with their people – they try to understand what their customers want and focus on delighting their customers
  • They have laser sharp focus – they keep their eye on the prize and aim to work toward achieving the goal by leading their team or guiding and/or inspiring them to getting the job done
  • They believe in continuous improvement – learning is a big part of what they do. They seek to learn something new and improve their overall capabilities
  • They invest in others – to increase their overall capacity they develop the people around them. They spend time to enable them to grow and develop
  • Ability to communicate their vision – painting the picture is one thing, but one’s ability to state the way to achieve that goal is priceless. It is also what differentiates successful from unsuccessful people
  • Find new ways of doing things – they try their best to find new ways of doing things. This helps their team learn and stretch outside of their comfort zone
  • They believe in their people – people are still our most important asset. If you don’t care about them, you cannot increase your team’s overall capabilities.   It reminds me of the CFO and the CEO discussion. It goes like this, CFO asks his CEO, “What happens if we invest in developing our people and then they leave the company?” CEO answers, ‘What happens if we don’t, and they stay?” To raise the level of our capabilities, we need to develop people around us.
  • Finally, pretty much everyone has the BIG “D”.   The BIG “D” is delivery. Everyone has something that they deliver to help the company financially, productivity, time to market, cost savings or developing others.   Ultimately, people assess your value by your delivery.

To conclude this post, I remember what my father used to tell me when I was young. People will only remember you for the things you do for them.   They value your delivery and will continue to work with you and come back for more because you’re reliable and always get things done.   Let me know your thoughts on my post.

Someday is today



When I was a little, I often said, “I wish I were older”, “I wish I could do this and do that”, “ I wish I could be someone who could achieve a certain level of success” and my favorite, “I wish I would wake up tomorrow and things around me would change so I would be appreciated by people around me.”   I spent a lot time daydreaming and wishing things would happen.

So, what’s my point? My point is that sometimes we can’t take what is going on around us, but we just wish it would go away.   You wish it would change, but you’re not doing anything to change your situation.  We can’t keep on wishing; sometimes we need to do something to change our situation.

As I reminiscence on the past, I realized that what we do today will be the foundation of our future. In a way Someday is today; what you do today will help you achieve your goal. Just like doctors, they were not born doctors.   They were babies that grew up and went to school like everyone else. They were once a kindergarten student like everyone else. They graduated middle school, high school, went to college, and eventually the journey led them to medical school. In the end, with all their hard work they became doctors.   The same is true for many professions in life.

To achieve something we need to do something. To gain something we need to earn it.   As a basketball coach, I always tell my players that to get better as players we need to work on the fundamentals and practice.   Practice does not make perfect, but rather we improve.     In life, it is not worth striving for perfection. Our goal is to be better than we were a year ago.   Each year we should learn something new. The day we stop learning is the day we will decay and be left behind.

If you wish for a better tomorrow, you must do something to change your situation. In my junior year in high school, I made that decision that helped me to get to where I am today.   So, the next time you wish for something, I suggest you to do the following:

  • Write down your wish. By writing down your wish, it becomes a physical thing that you can see.
  • List the things you need to do to achieve your dream.
  • For each item, prepare an action plan
  • For each action plan, set a target date to accomplish it
  • Let your inner circle know of your plan. This will up the game as everyone knows about it.
  • Track your progress
  • Be consistent and commit to getting it done

Remember that someday is today, the actions or decisions you made today will help shape tomorrow. If you want to achieve something someday, you must act today.   Good luck!