Lee Colan Wants You to Stick With It

Lee Colan Wants You to Stick With It

Focus + Competence + Passion= Adherence

When you focus like a laser beam, you accomplish more. You reach your goals sooner. You become best of class.

Southwest Airlines, Disney, and Fossil Watch are all companies with laser focus.

Yo-Yo Ma, Tom Brady, and Arianna Huffington are all people with laser focus.

Lee Colan, PhD and Julie Davis-Colan have written a book that focuses on what it takes to accomplish great things. The book is titled Stick With It.

When you talk to Lee Colan, you immediately sense you have just entered the into an energy zone. Lee seems to personify his own model.


I saw Lee speak at an event in Boston sponsored by Inc. Magazine’s group, The Build. Lee took a group of high-powered and already charged-up leaders, and suggested that there are several ways to adhere to your goals. As he does in this episode of Lead or Be Led, Lee gave practical and actionable advice on how to have focus like a laser beam.

Lee’s energy catches quickly, so I can already tell you he will be back as a guest on the show in the near future.

Enjoy this episode of Lead or Be Led and as you go about your day today, remember to stick with it.

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Lee J. Colan, Ph.D. is co-founder of The L Group, Inc., a Dallas, Texas-based consulting firm serving leaders since 1999. He is a high-energy leadership advisor, popular author and engaging speaker.

Lee is a triple-threat – a well-educated and trained business consultant, prolific author and engaging presenter of ideas. He possesses an in-depth understanding of business, people and organizations. Lee blends this understanding with his corporate management experience to help leaders and organizations grow. Lee was included in Leadership Excellence magazine’s 2012 list of Best in Leadership Development for independent consultants.

Virtually every Fortune 500 company has experienced the positive impact of Lee’s practical insights and approach, as have many smaller companies:

Amedisys ♦ American Heart Association – National Center ♦ Amcor PET Packaging ♦ AmeriSource ♦ Bergen Specialty Group ♦ AT&T Wireless Services ♦ AutoTrader.com ♦ Cumberland Farms ♦ Crosstex Energy Services ♦ CVS/Pharmacy ♦ Dollar Tree Stores Fossil ♦ Foxworth-Galbraith Lumber Co. ♦ International Paper ♦ Gibraltar Industries ♦ Jiffy Lube Association of Franchisees ♦ Jo-Ann Stores ♦ Johnson Controls ♦ Kimball Internationalw KPMG ♦ Medical Staffing Network ♦ Memorial Healthcare ♦ Methodist Healthcare ♦ Nestle ♦ Newfield Exploration ♦ Nueterra Healthcare ♦ Pegasus Solutions ♦ Pier 1 Imports ♦ Safety-Kleen ♦ Senior Living Properties ♦ Pier 1 Imports ♦ Sterling Jewelers (Kay and Jarred) ♦ State Farm ♦ Texas Instruments ♦ The CEO Institute ♦ The Hartford ♦ The Venetian Resort, Hotel & Casino ♦ TRANE ♦ ULTA Beauty ♦ Voluntary Hospitals of America (VHA) ♦ Yum! Brands

In addition to 25 years of hands-on industry and consulting experience, Lee earned Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from George Washington University after graduating from Florida State University.

Lee has authored 12 books, including the best seller, Sticking to It: The Art of Adherence. His Adherence Equation has resonated with organizations so well and for so long that he has poured his newly developed tools and client experiences into an enhanced and expanded 10-year follow-up, released in April 2013 by McGraw-Hill. His practical advice appears in 100+ on-line and print publications monthly. His Leadership Insights monthly column has appeared in the Dallas Business Journal since 2005. He also writes a column, Leadership Matters, for Inc.com.

Lee’s passion and enthusiasm create compelling presentations and workshops. At the same time, he is known for delivering practical, powerful tools leaders can put to work right away.

Lee is very accessible, and his followers are absolutely passionate about his personal and professional impact as evidenced in this scroll of unsolicited replies to his newsletter that he writes twice a week.

Lee’s rapid-read books fit today’s information-rich, time-poor world. He has a knack for seeing through the complexities of today’s challenges and communicating simple solutions for leaders. His practical models help leaders make quick sense of challenges like: executing plans, engaging their employees, controlling attitudes and managing the Gen X/Y worker.

Lee’s communication is clear and straightforward and his writing style is casual and engaging. More importantly, his ideas are actionable. Typical readers use Lee’s books as daily references, keeping them handy with highlights and dog-eared pages.

For example, his model of employee engagement spans industries, cultures and generations because it is based on six human needs – three intellectual (to engage minds) and three emotional (to engage hearts). As a result, it is being applied as much in the Far East as it is in the U.S. Additionally, these comments from executives about the impact of Lee’s Adherence Equation speak for themselves.

He has developed over 100 original products, including publishing 12 books that have been translated into 10 different languages.

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