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iTeam: Putting the “I” Back into Team by William E. Perry

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11. Challenge 9: Assuring That Team Efforts Are Successful

One of the biggest mistakes that individuals, teams, and organizations make in business is starting a project but never finishing it. Among the many causes of unfinished projects are a lack of planning, resources, competency, follow-through, and the desire to succeed.

My grandfather was a successful real-estate developer. He kept motivational statements like the following posted on his walls:

• Thought is the inspiration of action, but the thing done is what counts.

• The world is full of starters but few finishers.

• All worthwhile achievements are the result of an idea, a start, and a strong finish.

• People think all man needs is initiative, but action must be sustained to be effective. ...

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