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.





Marta has dedicated her career to leadership consultancy while serving as board member, author, catalyst, coach, mentor, researcher, speaker, trainer, volunteer, and fundraiser. An internationally acclaimed speaker, Marta energizes leaders and fuels change with her dynamic programs. From Washington DC to Scotland to South Africa to Singapore, program attendees leave feeling empowered with clear intention and laser focus on the actions needed to achieve new peaks of performance. With a passion to share proven strategies that drive client results, Marta has authored several business books including Energized Enterprise, Everybody’s Business, Leaders in Motion and the Transformation Desktop Guide. Marta serves as Chairman of the Board of Easter Seals Serving DC | MD | VA, Secretary of the Board for the Northern Virginia Technology Council, and is on the Board of Directors for the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) National Capital Chapter.