Recently I had the opportunity to speak to a group of emerging leaders at the American Society of Naval Engineers Technology, Systems, and Ships Conference. I enjoyed talking with them and experiencing their vibrant energy.  During our time together, one message I shared with them was this:

People who advance to the leading edge of performance have clear intention. They:

  1. Make a positive difference with measurable results.
  2. Show a steadfast resolve to achieve big, bold goals.
  3. Reflect inward and take responsibility when things go wrong as opposed to blaming others.


Professional intention = results, resolve and reflection.

It reminds me of a quote by NFL coach Bill Parcells, “Blame no one.  Expect nothing.  Do something!”

Effective individuals have clear intention, and they constantly compare their stated intention to their actual results.





DR. MARTA WILSON is the founder of The LEAP Enterprise, best-selling author, creator of the LEAP app, an industrial-organizational psychologist, and the CEO of Transformation Systems, Inc. (TSI). Marta has dedicated her career to leadership consultancy while serving as board member, author, catalyst, coach, mentor, researcher, speaker, trainer, volunteer, and fundraiser. With a passion to share proven strategies that drive client results, Marta has authored several business books including LEAP, Energized Enterprise, Everybody’s Business, Leaders in Motion and the Transformation Desktop Guide. Specializing in leadership effectiveness, Marta holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in industrial and organizational psychology from Virginia Tech and a B.A. in academic psychology from the University of Tennessee.