Patricia Sellers, the editor-at-large of Fortune magazine, has three excellent tips for staying focused as a leader (my comments are italicized):
- Know what you’re not good at. I find that most people know what their strengths are, but most people – especially Gen Yers – don’t know what their weaknesses are. Honestly determine what you’re not good at, and hire or delegate to those weaknesses. This will help you focus on your strength areas.
- Know what not to do. Just as important as what you decide to do is what you decide not to do.
- Find a focus and stick with it. A major failure of leaders and managers is that they are trying to focus on too much. Successful people are focused like lasers on one thing.