Remember this gem from childhood: Anything worth having is going to be hard work. A quarter century later (or more for some, but this is our final 25th anniversary edition and it works for me) you realize they were right. Some of the hardest lessons in leadership, too, are also the most important.

Lessons like how to follow a winning strategy. Strategy is guidance for how you want to run your business. It includes input from others, both what you adopt and even what’s not included.

Strategy should be followed fairly strictly, but not to the point it works against you. Case in point, a couple years ago, my kids introduced me to the game app 2048. Beware: It’s addictive. Essentially you pair like, even-numbered tiles together until they add up to 2048.

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