When high-achievers such as top sales persons, CEO’s, and community leaders achieve great success, others stand back and ask why them? What makes those achievers so different? What sets them apart? Whether you are a small business such as Modern Dentistry, or a larger corporation such as Kohl’s or another large company, the basic ideals and principles behind the success stories are the same: it takes a lot of hard work, dedication, and determination.

It could be as the book Strategic Acceleration Succeed at the Speed of Life (Vanguard Press), by Tony Jeary suggests, clarity, focus and execution.

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Success in Business and Life

Jeary introduces readers to the Strategic Acceleration approach that he has developed and used to coach some of the world’s top CEO’s. The approach includes gaining clarity to what a person or company wants to achieve and why they or it wants to achieve it.

Then, becoming focused on the goals and objectives garnered from gaining clarity. Lastly, execution depends heavily on effective communications and leadership.

The first sentence of the Introduction chapter makes a strong statement and memorable promise. Jeary wrote, “This book provides a simple, strategic thought process that will transform the way you think, live, and work.”

Strategic Acceleration Defined

Jeary owns and operates a Strategic Acceleration Studio which is “A custom-designed, high-tech facility that combines the latest media technology with a library containing a lifetime’s worth of systems, processes, and best practices.”

Strategic acceleration as developed by the author is based on “Doing things that will produce superior results faster.”

What, Why, and How for Success

The most enlightening portion of the book is the suggestion to not only determine what one wants to achieve but to also ask why one wants to achieve a particular set of goals. Asking what and why provides the foundation of clarity.

Strategic planning books and courses discuss determining a mission and a vision of what a company wants to do or how it wants to be thought of in the mind of the customers, but this author stresses that knowing why they want that mission or vision is just as critical to success.

Once those two factors – what and why – are determined the how involves staying focused on the outcomes and avoiding distractions including those nay-sayers that don’t believe it can be done. Then, use strategic communications to execute and get the desired results. The acceleration factor speeds up getting to the desired results.

The book includes worksheets to help work on clarity, focus, execution blueprints.

Small Business Opportunities in a Fast Paced World

Jeary wrote, “There has never been a time when opportunity and technology have come together so perfectly. The competitive playing field has been leveled to the extent that a small business or even an individual can compete and win at any level.”

The upside – there are plenty of small business opportunities out there these days even in the great recession. The downside – today’s world moves at the speed of light or at least the Internet. Companies need to know what they want and why and then get to market quickly in order to make the success formula work.

Dynamics of Success

While all three factors, clarity, focus, and execution are important, the author uses most of the book to discuss the benefits of having “clarity of vision” and how clarity will pull success to a person or company. He refers to the clarity factor as:

  • An awakening
  • An epiphany
  • An uncluttered understanding

As the reader will come to realize after completing the book, to take advantage of today’s business opportunities, determining clarity of purpose, staying focused on the goals, and then executing quickly can be the perfect competitive edge.