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3 Tips for Developing an Ironclad Focus

“Why am I here?”

Answering that question is essential to generating an effective focus in an organization. Employees in the today’s business world strive toward finding that one job or goal that is most important to them and then sticking with it.

While generating a focus for yourself is critical, as an emerging leader you must also consider how to encourage your company’s employees to hone in.

From the smallest startups to the largest multinational corporations, everyone understands the importance of generating an effective company focus. But most companies still opt for the age-old stick-and-carrot model, offering rewards or threatening penalties to motivate employees to perform well. As a leader, you should definitely avoid this strategy.

True focus comes from an alignment of values. In the corporate world, leaders must strive to align the workforce with the organization’s values and culture if they intend to develop focus naturally among the staff.

On an individual level, determine why you are in your current designation and the chosen organization, and the problem is halfway solved. But there will come a time when everything seems blurry, your productivity takes a dive, and you feel the need to regain clarity and footing.

Here are three tips that will enable you to do just that.

1. Take a break

Sometimes, you just need to take a break from the hectic work life. Leaders who opt for modern motivation methods are huge advocates of cajoling stressed-out employees to take a much-needed break from work. This nearly guarantees a considerable productivity boost once they are back.

2. Narrow your focus

Focus is best when narrowed down. Trying to take in everything all at once is never a good idea and generally leads to everything spiraling out of control as you try to get a hold of it all at the same time. Break up tasks and objectives, then focus on them one at a time.

3. Look at the big picture

If you feel like things are getting out of hand, take a step back and look at the landscape. A little perspective in this regard can help you review your priorities in an objective manner. Looking over your work plans from afar can save you a large amount of wasted time.

It’s time to get focused. You can do it.

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  • Simon Bailey Simon T. Bailey is a leadership catalyst, whose expertise equips emerging leaders with tips, tools and techniques on how to release potential in the world’s most important asset – people. He is the former leader of the world-renowned Disney Institute and founder of Brilliance Institute, Inc. Meetings and Conventions magazine’s cited him as “One of ... more

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