On a scale 1 to 10: How focused on the most value-creating activities are you, on average? By “value-creating”, I mean those activities that represent the best use of your time to move you toward your goals. Those can be personal or business goals.
This is because time is the only limited resource. Most people would score below 5 on this scale, which even includes accomplished business leaders.
As a consequence, all successful people try to become increasingly focused. But there is a trap: By becoming focused on only a few things, many leaders ignore any other input that comes unexpectedly. They might be focused, but become ignorant of new ideas.
Typical statements of CEOs: “We are focused on cost saving. I have no time to listen to your ideas for increasing revenue and profitability in the short-term.” Does this sound ridiculous to you? Careful:
So the question is this: How can you and your team become more focused AND more open-minded, at the same time, to stay productive AND pursue new ideas?
I find it remarkable that the most successful leaders almost always find the time to listen to good advice and ideas. Only mediocre ones think they are “too busy.” Which category do you want to belong to?
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