Breakthroughs in a Fortnight?

Is it possible to generate a breakthrough idea or accomplishment for your business or career in two weeks?

Is there an instruction manual to tell you how?

Is it less than 100 pages, so you can get started right away?

Yes. Yes. And no, you’ll have to slog through 103 pages.

Management consultant and breakthrough catalyzer Lisa Haneberg wrote Two Weeks to a Breakthrough to document the program of the same name that she has been refining over the last ten years.

This book is a gem on many levels. First, it is brief enough that you can take in the entire program in one sitting. Second, it provides both the context for the program and specific day-by-day instructions of how to execute the program. Third, while the program is specific in actions, they can be used in nearly any context, business or personal. Fourth, the author provides comments from program participants – both positive and negative – to give you a sense of how it has worked for others. She even includes a two-week journal of one of her participants.

I particularly liked the chapter on goal setting. Haneberg goes beyond the SMART approach and brilliantly outlines steps for defining life-changing, breakthrough-level goals that aren’t simply fantasy. This chapter alone is worth the investment.

The actual breakthrough process revolves around varying daily practice in three areas: sharing your goal, taking action toward it, and making requests. Lisa gives suggestions on how to do each of these, including making seemingly unreasonable requests, and on how to generate the number and variety of shares, actions, and requests you’ll need for the program.

So if you’re looking to make a breakthrough and are willing to put a few dozen hours into it over a couple of weeks, get Two Weeks to a Breakthrough. You can also learn more about the program at the blog of the same name.

  • I agree. There are many pearls of coaching wisdom in the book… maybe too many.
    For example, Lisa writes about “sharing your goal.” It’s a powerful catalyst and while she covered the point well it was over so fast I’m afraid it could get lost. My solution was to read the 103 pages twice to make sure I didn’t miss anything.

  • That’s great. I am excited to learn more about that book. I may not be in dire need of its content, but I think it’s a good to be prepared.

  • I’ve heard good things about this book before, but there is something about titles that follow the “[timeframe] to [something amazing]” format that immediately turns me off.

  • It sounds like a good book. I will check it out. Thanks.


  • That’s interesting. I think it would be very useful. Even if it’s not necessary for some, it’s still good to have an idea on how to do it. There are some points in our lives that we need to prepare for.