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
- 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 www.outstandingorg.com and avail yourself of her books and other great resources.