Creating Laser Focused Leadership
If you work in a fast paced workplace it may feel sometimes it’s impossible to get ahead of progress.
Does this sound like you? Multi-tasking is off the charts. All emails coming in seem to have the “High Importance Flag” marked. Your calendar is full of back to back meetings all meant to discuss important topics. This leaves you no time to really get anything meaningful done. Yet every new day brings a whole new set of challenges to be urgently addressed and you feel further and further behind. What’s worse is if the entire leadership team is unfocused and operating in the same way.
If there is no organizational focus, what destination will your ship reach if any at all?
You are a lion tamer. You suddenly found yourself in a cage with a very large and hungry lion. The lion’s roar is deafening. Its claws, taking swipes are you, are razor sharp. The lion’s teeth look like steel traps. In the cage you find a whip, a bag full of treats, and a four legged stool to control the lion. Which do you use?
A whip will only anger the lion. The treats are useless because they will eventually run out leaving only you and the lion left.
The stool is the best choice. When lifting the four-legged stool to the lion’s face it doesn’t know which stool leg to focus on. So it stands still enabling the lion tamer to live another day.
Who should focus, you or the lion?
Here is a four-legged stool to help you build a laser focused leadership team.
- Share the vision: Successful organizational focus depends on if everyone sees the big picture and how they fit in it. It’s funny how some leaders feel they can simply state something once and they think it magically becomes a reality. The truth is unless we repeat our message often and through various means the message doesn’t necessarily cascade throughout the organization. Success is when employees see what they must do to maintain and achieve that big picture.
- Remember your Purpose: What is your mission and vision? When I think about the question, “why are we really here?” such as supporting our customers suddenly all of the activity that doesn’t make a difference to our customer seems unimportant.
- Simplify and focus energies: What is the one thing (or top three things) that must be critically done right now? In fast-paced environments, it is easy to get distracted. But as a leader or owner of a business, corporation, or a department take a minute and answer the question of what is critically important. Once you’ve decided the answer to that question, refocus your team on critically important item(s). Stop all of the other projects and activities that are not aligned.
- Recognize and reward: To put wind in your ship’s sails, align your recognition and reward system around those critical items. If it is critical that your organization provides exemplary customer service at all levels, then make sure all of your recognition and rewards systems support that critical priority.
Putting things into perspective goes a long way towards ensuring effective focus and executing on key objectives. When that happens, the lion will look more like a kitten.
Tresha D. Moreland, MBA, MS, SPHR, SSBBP, founder of HR C-Suite, is an HR thought leader in Human Resource Strategic Management. She has held key human resource leadership roles for over 20 years in multiple industries most recently a senior vice president in the healthcare industry.
Tresha is the founder and publisher of HR C-Suite (www.hrcsuite.com). HR C-Suite is a game changer results-based HR strategy website. It is a first-of-it's-kind site that organizes HR strategy based on desired business result.
She has developed a business philosophy of integrating human resources with business strategy, thus creating a hybrid HR leadership approach. This approach enables the leveraging human resources to achieve business results.