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In life we focus on the vision, goals and accomplishments— even looking to the leader as being critical to the execution of the notable work we choose to celebrate. However, let us consider that in the company of every great leader or team there is some type of support system or person ensuring that access and opportunity are in place to fully execute the task at hand. If that is true, then what is support? Merriam- Websters' online dictionary provides several meanings, but for the purpose of this writing only two will be highlighted 1.) to hold up or serve as a foundation or prop for and 2.) to keep from fainting, yielding, or losing courage. Support systems and/or a person should be in place from inception to completion in an effort to maximize opportunities and diminish cost in resources. Most often because of the nature of this role, the support system or person typically is called to the table when it is time to implement and often that is too late and as a consequence additional cost are added to the bottom line. As a leader, you should consider including your support system and/or person early in the process, so you are working in concert to achieve a desirable outcome.

Strategic planning is the key to warfare; to win, you need a lot of good counsel. Proverbs 24:6

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