Follow through is critical when playing golf, and it's just as critical in business and personal relationships.
In golf, you must devote mind and body to "follow through" for the other parts of the swing to work. A good golf swing winds the spine over a stationary pelvis, generating torque and a release of energy involving the arms, wrists and all manner of muscular movement and mental calculation.
The importance of follow through is evident when the clubface has struck the ball, and the ball goes sailing.
The same thing applies to your personal relationships.
You can't just love your wife without the follow through. "Honey, it's your birthday, and I wanted to tell you I love you," is a start -- a great back swing, if you will. But you'll end up in the woods if you follow that by saying, "My love is so deep, I didn't want to cheapen it by buying you a gift."
Take my advice: buy the gift.
Here's an additional, no-charge marriage tip for you guys: great follow through also includes avoiding other women, taking the garbage out without being asked and restoring the toilet seat back to its proper state each and every time.
In the staffing software business, follow through is everything.
Every year I see a half-dozen or so new companies come and go. They get a great start with financing from an early adopter, often a relative in the staffing business. They have no installed base, which lets them grab onto the latest platform for development.
It's all great creative fun - for a while. Then its upgrades, support, documentation, expensive sales and marketing, feature creep, hiring/firing and fatigue. Failure to follow through sends them into the chasm.
At TempWorks, we're able to visit frequently with the most successful staffing companies in the industry. The common denominator in their success is obvious: they have a passion for following through to ensure that their clients get the best people for the job at hand.