Focus is a necessary condition of outstanding performance. This seems to be common sense, but unfortunately doesn’t always make its way into practice in many organizations.

A Booz & Company survey found that:

  • Forty-nine percent of respondents said their company had no list of strategic priorities.
  • Sixty-four percent of respondents said they had too many conflicting priorities.
  • Eighty-two percent of respondents said that functional departments had too many competing demands from different business units.

“Karen Martin, 2012, Focus, The Outstanding Organization, McGraw-Hill”

Here is another great podcast from Karen Martin, this one on the topic of FOCUS.

Topics covered in this podcast:

  • The Hidden Costs of Being Unfocused
  • “switchtasking”
  • The Beauty of Not Doing
  • Reward Systems and High Visibility Displays of Individual Heroics
  • Setting Priorities
  • Prioritization Considerations as a Tool to Learn What to Focus On
  • Project Ownership
  • Measurable Objectives
  • Building Consensus with “Catchball”
  • Focused Project Management
  • Focused Meetings


This and much, much more are discussed in this interview with Karen.  Please visit her website and avail yourself of her books and other great resources.