Our business environment is more complex and fast-paced than ever before. Savvy leaders focus the organization through the lens of four equally important issues.
Destination: We are working toward what end and why?
Great leaders articulate the intended result through vision statements, organizational reviews and frequent, regular meetings with teams and groups of teams. They speak about why achieving that success is important, working to touch the hearts of people. Without a compelling “why,” few will be motivated to work through hardships that inevitably occur on the pathway to the desired end.
What: Abundant clarity on priorities and related measures of success.
Wise leaders identify and articulate the most critical areas for organizational attention. They speak about what success on each priority looks like. The more senior your leadership position, the broader these areas of attention are. The closer your leadership role is to the frontline, the more tactical. These priorities serve to align the organization, telling people where to focus and how to judge their own success along the way.
How: Laser-like focus on the work of the day, week and month.
In a world of constant distractions: cell phones and Facebook as two examples, leaders assure each member of the workforce knows what is to be accomplished this month/quarter and how that translates to daily and weekly actions. Skillful leaders conduct regular meetings with individuals and teams seeking their progress on priorities, assisting them in problem-solving anything that languishes.
Who: Dogged attention to the needs of the people accomplishing the priorities.
The most often overlooked leadership tool? Frequent, meaningful, personalized attention. Tap everyone’s unique abilities in accomplishing the work and assure they know their energies and efforts are appreciated. It’s a sure-fire way to engage people in delivering the results.
Focus — the difference between hoping for a good year and achieving it.
By: Mimi Bacilek
Mimi Bacilek is an executive and leader development expert. She can be reached at Mimi@SuccessBuildersLLC.com.