Focus is our ability to concentrate on something. To devote our efforts and energy to that something. In business, we tend to focus on many things. This multi-focus approach, sometimes labeled multi-tasking, usually results in a lot of things not being done well. This doesn’t mean we should only do one thing at a time. What we must do is manage our focus, ensure that what we focus on truly matters and that it adds value. We have to ensure that the goals we set are important, that they support our strategy and that what we do achieves desired results. How do we manage our focus?
I’m sure we’ve all seen it, someone very proud of the process, or solution, they have developed. It is complex and demonstrates how smart the developer is while amazing those who see it with its complexity. To master such a tool must mean that we too are intelligent and worthy of the positions we hold. Complex systems for many is a matter of pride while simple processes are looked upon with little value. Yet, we must ask if it is that complex then what value does it bring? That’s a good question. Or to put it another way, Is Simple A Better Way?
What do we mean when we say Simple is a better way?
One of the most common reasons people reach out to me for my Coaching and Advising services is accountability. “Don, I need someone to hold me accountable,” is the question. My response varies, but the bottom line is this, I can help you improve accountability, but the actual ability to holding yourself accountable is internal. In other words, ultimately, you must hold yourself accountable. If over the long term, you need someone to do that for you, then there are other issues at play, and the lack of accountability is but a symptom.
So how can someone build the skills for holding themselves accountable? Read on my friends, the answer is simple:
As a Certified Coach and Business Advisor, I get to speak with a lot of Business Owners and Leaders. Over time I have been able to catalog a fair number of their common concerns. The common ground among them is not surprising. One of their major concerns is sustainability. Can they Sustain their business or performance over time without burning themselves out?
That requires some defining, a bit more detail; but yes they can.