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Recently I was asked this question:“Why do some companies succeed even though they ignore the best practices of successful companies?”

When the sun is out and the wind is calm, every boat stays afloat. When the storms come only the good boats stay afloat.

 A company can be prosperous without employing best practices, but that is due to luck. Eventually their luck will run out. Best practices allow an organization to “do the right things for the right reasons consistently.” Companies who fail to seek out and employ best practices may be doing the right things for the wrong reasons. These companies are tempting fate, while doing the right things inconsistently.

 As a leader who is committed to the High Road of never resting on your laurels, push your organization and employees to adopt practices that help you stay ahead of competition and exceed your past successes, which eventually translate into a healthier bottom line.

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