Like Grolsch, these things take time!

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for thumb_chapman_pincher.gifIn a recent article in HBR it states winners take the time to keep honing skills and testing ideas in preparation for change while losers lurch from tactic to tactic without any long-term direction.

While losers lack discipline, do not always rely on facts before chasing fads, and panic under pressure, those with winning streaks remain calm and professional. 

Winners develop three traits: First is accountability. They have faced facts and taken responsibility for their actions. Second is collaboration. They make allies and partners, not enemies. Third is initiative. They encourage constant small innovations rather than relying on the occasional blockbuster hit.

In short, winners are not necessarily flashy nor endowed with the hottest new thing; they are simply steady, disciplined, and prepared. They have some instant successes but even better, they have fewer outright failures. They bounce back faster from setbacks and can weather attacks because they stand on a firm foundation.