Maintaining Focus in a Noisy World

The most important high-performance leadership skill is your ability to distinguish noise from signal.

Here are 10 ideas to get started to focus on what really matters.

  1. Where should you ignore up-to-date current affairs noise and build deep thinking time in your daily routine instead?
  2. A key leadership skill to develop is to improve your judgment. Which decisions do you need to delegate to a system or to other people, and which decisions do you need to make yourself?
  3. What have you done recently to build high-performance teams by taking away all the obstacles which prevent your super stars from performing at their best?
  4. Where do you need to have the courage to get rid of toxic talent in your team to attract and retain even better talent?
  5. Useful information comes from books. How many books did you read recently?
  6. Where should you re-focus your energy to shield yourself from information overload which is neither actionable, nor entertaining?
  7. Your biggest risks are the things which you know, but are not true. What’s your active process to get external perspectives when making important decisions?
  8. Where can you strategically quit activities which do not improve the condition of your customers?
  9. Never participate in ineffective meetings. Where do you need to take ownership to raise meeting standards in your organization?
  10. If you don’t have personal goals, you will be working to achieve the goals of someone else. What’s your structural approach to identify and be reminded of your own goals?
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