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What Happens When “The Plan” Falls Through?

Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” – Mike Tyson

People love to plan. Everyone has a plan. You can’t do anything in today’s world without a plan. But having a plan is only part of the equation… and I would say it is the easy part.

The harder part of achieving success today is psychological. How will you react when something does not go “according to plan.” How will you navigate that first speed bump, or rejection, or (to quote Mike Tyson) that first punch in the mouth? Because that punch is coming.

I started this business fifteen years ago. As I look back now, proud of the team we have built and the clients we work with, I realize that having a plan was critical. But more important than the plan was the willingness and ability to withstand failure, or delay, or the unknown. Business success is equal parts skill, planning and psychology. There were so many moments along the way when it would have been easy to step back and walk away from what we were building here at The Latimer Group.

My point today is not to tout our firm to you. Rather, the point today is to use my own experience to introduce the concept that business success requires that you have the strength to get up off the mat when you take that first punch in the mouth. You didn’t get the promotion you wanted? You got cut from the team? You got fired? You didn’t win the bid? Well… that sucks. I feel for you. I really do. But what’s next? Get up off the mat. Everyone gets knocked down. But not everyone has the strength to get back up.

I started thinking about this today after a call from my dear friend Dan, who always seems to have a great idea. Every time we speak, he gives me something to think about. And today, he told me to watch this video, and to remember that success is about a lot more than having a plan.

Thanks Dan!

Have a great day, everyone.

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Authenticity, Confidence, and Executive Presence

Today’s post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group. By now you have probably seen the hilarious BBC news clip of the Political Science Professor being interrupted during a live television interview. His children barged into his office—the smiling toddler in yellow, followed by an enthusiastic baby in a walker.… Continue Reading

Be the Fearless Girl. Stare Down the Bull!

Today’s post was written by Amy Fenollosa, Director of Learning at The Latimer Group. State Street Global Advisors pulled off a brilliant coup with its surprise installation of the “Fearless Girl” on Wednesday morning to acknowledge International Women’s Day. State Street has been advocating to increase the number of women in leadership roles and sitting on… Continue Reading

How to Communicate at the Highest Level

In December, we shared a blog post about the importance of mapping your progress as a communicator. In short, the only way to REALLY be sure you’re improving as a communicator is to have some way to measure that improvement. When we work with clients at The Latimer Group, we use a three-stage rubric of… Continue Reading

LeBron James and the Importance of Delivering on a Promise

The worlds of sports and celebrity are overwhelmed with hype, and people who fail to live up to that hype. It often seems like celebrity and fame in 21st century America require lots of things, but it is equally clear that fame often does not require skill or actual performance. How many people do we… Continue Reading

Teach Them to Fly, Revisited

Just about three years ago, I published a post on this blog called “Teach Them to Fly,” about my then three-year-old son, and how important it is to give people — kids and adults alike — the confidence and encouragement to soar with their passions and strengths. I revisited this post recently, and some things… Continue Reading

Controlling The Voice Inside Your Head, Part 2

We recently wrote about that voice of insecurity that comes into our heads when we are experiencing self doubt. We all know that voice. Some of us hear it more often than others, but we have all heard it… the voice that says you aren’t good enough, you aren’t ready, you are going to under-perform.… Continue Reading

Controlling The Voice Inside Your Head

Note: We recently added to this post an audio version, as the latest installment of our Soundwaves podcast. Listen via the audio player at the bottom of this post, and be sure to check out the entire library of Soundwaves episodes available on iTunes, or via your favorite podcast player. There is this voice inside… Continue Reading

The Three Levels of Delivery, Part 2

Recently we shared a framework my colleagues and I use at The Latimer Group,  that captures the different levels of delivery skills possible for business communication. We got a great deal of reaction on that piece, including a question via Twitter from good friend John. John asked, “What happens when you need to work on… Continue Reading

The 3 Levels of Verbal Delivery

There are lots of ways to think about how we speak, and the way we deliver our message in the workplace. There is no one single standard for what is required and what is considered “great.” Authenticity always needs to rule the day, and we all need to have the confidence to speak in our… Continue Reading

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