7 Habits that Defeat Distraction and Find Focus

Frantic leaders lack focus.

Nothing meaningful gets done without focus.

squirrel on tree

Unfocused leaders:

  1. Allow trivialities to become urgencies. Persistent drama suggests lack of focus.
  2. Start too much and finish too little.
  3. Neglect mission and vision.
  4. Lead without priorities.
  5. Don’t understand customers.

7 habits that defeat distraction and clarify focus:

  1. Begin each day with a short list of things that must be done before the day ends. What must be done today?
  2. Evaluate importance. Do more of what matters most. You aren’t important because you’re doing what’s insignificant. On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is this discuss or project. Ask, who cares and does it matter?
  3. Say no to good ideas that distract from great ideas. Eliminate at least 70% of the ideas you generate in brainstorming sessions. Unfocused leaders have too many ideas.
  4. Drive toward execution. End conversations by asking what’s next? Listen for observable behaviors, deadlines, and results.
  5. Dig into unmentionables. What’s hidden or ignored? Are teams afraid to say what they really think? Is someone violating organizational values and getting away with it?
  6. Filter thinking. Take a few minutes everyday to filter-out the ugly and jot down the beautiful, admirable, authentic, and compelling.
  7. Clarify thinking with conversations. Bring outsiders in. Call customers. Go to frontline employees. The same people – sitting around the same table – deliver the same results.

Success comes to those who habitually clarifying focus.

Leadership dictionary “F’s”

  1. Facilitate
  2. Fail
  3. Faithful
  4. Fallible
  5. Family
  6. Fearless/fearful
  7. Feedback/feedforward
  8. Fight
  9. Filter
  10. Flexible
  11. Focus
  12. Follow
  13. Forecast
  14. Frank
  15. Fresh
  16. Friend
  17. Fruit/fruitful
  18. Fun – Leaders who say we work hard and play hard have separated fun from work.
  19. Future

Thanks to Facebook Fans for their suggestions.

How can leaders defeat distraction and find focus?

What other words that begin with “F” can you add to the list?

**Tomorrow is the “G” installment in the Dictionary for Leaders.