The Solidity, Sparkle And Success Approach

There are many ways to do fine work. One approach is for people to build on their strengths and set specific goals. It is then for them to do the solid work and add the sparkle on the way towards achieving success.

People may take these steps in their daily work, the arts, sports, medicine, sports, business or other fields. They may do so when working as individuals, in a team or in an organisation.

Looking back, when have you followed this approach in your own way? You may have been helping a person, doing a project, leading a team, contributing to an organisation or doing another activity.

What did you do then to do the solid work and then add the sparkle? What happened as a result of taking these steps?

Great workers often embody these elements. Their colleagues and customers may say some of the following things about the such a person delivers high professional standards.

“They are always positive and professional … They can always be relied upon … They provide great service … They sometimes produce that touch of magic … They use their strengths to help others to succeed.”

Great teams often combine solidity and sparkle. They get the right balance between consistency and creativity. They follow their strategy, maintain high standards and sometimes do something special to deliver success. One soccer coach explained this in the following way.

“My teams are built on solid foundations. The goalkeeper, defenders and defensive midfielder are strong characters who deliver consistent performances. They provide the platform for the team.

“The attacking players must also play their parts in making sure the system works. Then, when necessary, they can add that touch of magic when it matters.

“My teams have the right combination of warriors and warriors who are also wizards. I have no time for wannabe-wizards who are not prepared to work hard and contribute to the game plan.”

Looking ahead, can you think of a situation where you may want to follow elements of the solidity, sparkle and success approach?

You may want to do this when encouraging a person, writing an article, running a workshop or doing a project. You may want to do so when organising an event, leading a team or doing another activity.

How can you do the solid work? How can you, if appropriate, add the sparkle? How can you do your best to achieve success?

If you wish, try tackling the exercise on this theme. This invites you to complete the following sentences.

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