When Preparation Meets Opportunity

A favorite blog post came across our laptops the other day. The author, Australian marketing expert Bernadette Peters, writes that “what differentiates the average from the exceptional is not performance, it’s preparation.”

iStock_000018891609_MediumShe writes that the quality of a restaurant has a lot to do with the manager’s investment in staff training.
The satisfaction we feel on a well-designed website is driven by hours of planning by the developer to consider what will create an extraordinary user experience.

Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi once said, “The will to win is not nearly so important as the will to prepare to win.”

Lombardi also wrote, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

The same thing can be said of Greenville. Some would say the preparation to be a great city started as early as 1961, when then-Governor Fritz Hollings provided the vision and the leadership to launch South Carolina’s technical education centers to diversify our workforce as the textile industry showed signs of decline. The very next year, Greenville TEC was born. In the years that followed, that act of preparation collided with game-changing opportunity!

As a business executive, what have you done so far in 2016 to prepare your organization for the opportunities that will arise in the coming years? How can you get more from yourself and your leadership teams? How can you pull away from the day-to-day grind and look for the trends that could impact your markets? How can you prepare your business to attract the kind of top-level talent that will drive your success in the years to come?

The Upstate economy is much improved compared to just a few years ago. But in almost every field, ours is still a highly competitive market. Those who win tomorrow will be the ones who prepare today.