Succeed at Success: Taking the Extra Step

Succeed at Success: Taking the Extra Step

Success can be defined in a variety of ways, it can be viewed as achieving a goal, reaching a certain status, or beating out the competition. There are plenty of organizations that have achieved success. So how do you stand out in a marketplace saturated with effective organizations? By going above and beyond to exceed success. Many organizations are content with achieving the first level of success. However, industry standouts are the organizations who take the effort to follow the appropriate steps to succeed at success.

So where do you start? How do you take the step from being successful to exceeding success? You start by recognizing a need for change and then taking action to put that change in motion. Henri Bergson, one of the most influential French philosophers of the late 19th century-early 20th century said, “To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.” Change, for all organization, has to work as a unified system to be successful.

  1. Success
  • Assess and appreciate the success that you have achieved from an organizational standpoint; once you have a starting point determined, you can start to grow
  1. Adaptation
  • The plan of attack must involve change; using the appropriate tools allows you to set goals and make the changes that put an organization ahead of the competition
  1. Perception
  • No one will see your organization the way that you want unless the organization sees itself that way first; perception begins on an internal level
  1. Explosion
  • All the internal work you have been doing is ready for the public; let your refreshed and revitalized organization burst onto the scene
  1. Domination
  • Now that you have uncaged your new organization, it’s time to dominate in every aspect of your organizational goal; if your goal is to recruit top talent then use the right resources to get the best of the best
  1. Evolution
  • You’ve already adapted; now you have to evolve into a new entity with your new goals of plan of attack
  1. Succeed at Success
  • By following the appropriate steps and going through the correct process, you are now enabled to succeed at success.

Contrary to some belief systems, the nonprofit sector is surprisingly competitive. It takes precision and hard work to be successful. An example of a nonprofit organization taking success to the next level would be those utilizing superior budget control. The National Council of Nonprofits cites financial management as “a key component of nonprofit sustainability.” Having successful budget control requires everyone in an organization to have transparency in setting goals that optimize the performance of the organization. Successfully bringing budget controls to the next level of efficiency involves a concept called position control. Position control allows for budgeting at the position level based on company’s organizational levels such as location, funding source, cost center, and more. This provides a company with accurate, trackable data that can be drilled down and actioned upon. Having that data makes it easy to go through the steps listed above to succeed at success.

Schambra, W. (2013, December 30). The Tyranny of Success: Nonprofits and Metrics. Nonprofit Quarterly. Retrieved from

This DATIS Blog was written by Josh Egbuka, DATIS, on July 2, 2014 and may not be re-posted without permission


Written by Josh Egbuka