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February 7, 2009

The 4+2 Formula for Success

In an old issue of Leadership Strategies (www.briefings.com/leadership) a small insert caught my eye:

The 4+2 formula for success quotes Harvard Business School professor Nitin Nohria who concludes:

“Success requires leaders to be masters of four fundamental business practices – stategy, execution, culture and organization – and excel at two of four secondary functions: talent, leadership, innovation and mergers & partnerships.”

She goes on to say “you must perform at least six of those functions well to be successful.  To do poorly, all it takes is one of six badly executed functions.”

And I ask you: which of the four fundamental business practices still need your attention?  And which 2 (out of 4) secondary functions are you great at?

These answers should help you better focus on your management goals for 2009.  Good luck!

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