12 Ways to Build Sustainable Success

One of my good friends, Wes Herman, is the CEO of Woods Coffee. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Woods Coffee has established a remarkable brand. Along with their custom, fine brews, they also relish in making every customer a hero through their extraordinary customer service. If that isn’t enough, what has impressed me most with the Woods Coffee brand is that they have established sustainable success. Their leadership team is filled with family members and multi-generational members focused on building the sustainable brand of Woods Coffee.

Wes and his team have got me thinking about the core essentials to building sustainable businesses and sustainable leadership legacies. I’ve created my 12 ways to building sustainable success and encourage you to take a look as your consider how you build yours.

Use the following categories to guide you in building your life and business:
NOTE: These are not ranked in any order of specific importance.

1. Family first
2. Specific mentors and coaches
3. Health and fitness
4. Business partners, your team, and all teams within your organization
5. Business support (Financial Advisor, Accountant, Attorney, etc.)
6. Core MVP (Most Valuable and Profitable) clients
7. Leadership mastermind group
For me, this is the Leadership Edge and Executive Edge groups that I co-lead with Janelle Bruland.
8. Inner-circle (life-long friends, advisors, co-equal leaders)
9. Personal development library and digital leadership mentors
10. Spiritual advisor and community
11. Strategic network
12. Sanctuary and sacred enclosure (personal and family retreats to getaway and regroup)

Sustainable success and significance in life is derived more from who you know, rather than what you know.

I’m sure you have some great starting relationships—build them brick by brick and don’t neglect the key relationships that have into your life. Be intentional and be grateful.

Here’s to your Leadership Fortress!

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About the Author

Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based leadership development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly-sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a list of clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks, Pandora Radio, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, the Ritz Carlton group, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.

A published author on leadership and emotional intelligence, Steve resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren.