You can’t hit the bullseye unless you have a target. And you can’t be successful unless you have a definition for success. That is true personally, and it is true about the organizations we lead.


So how do you define success? Is it a job well done, goals reached, money, recognition, being needed, pleasing God, helping people, and you can go on and join me in making a list that is much longer.


A friend of mine played for John Wooden in UCLA’s 1966 NCAA national basketball championship season, so I’ve been thinking about what Wooden had to say about success, especially in the pyramid he created to help athletes and others think about the subject. Here is his definition of success: Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.


Take a moment, and write two definitions of success – one for yourself personally, and one for your organization. Define success. It’s your first move, and it’s foundational to all the others.

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About Dave Coleman

Dave Coleman Principal / Consultant Phone: 253-237-4118 After many years of nonprofit leadership and the privilege of getting to know hundreds of organizations through my work with the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, I am pleased to offer my services to you at BoardTrek Nonprofit Consulting. Our small Pacific Northwest based company is focused on helping guide nonprofit organizations and their leaders into the future by offering our services in board governance, strategic planning, leadership development and organizational change. Always feel free to contact me with your thoughts and questions.
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