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Exceptional Leaders Focus

Exceptional Leaders are masterful at prioritizing and focusing on what is truly important. In an extensive interview with Charlie Rose, Warren Buffett was asked the secret to his phenomenal success as a businessman, through which he has become the second richest man in the world. His simple answer was his ability to focus. Buffett is able to pick just the right things to concentrate on. He does extensive research and finds companies in which to invest that meet specific criteria, including having the right people. He then lets them run the companies and stays for the long haul. That's it. Of course he also happens to be brilliant.

Exceptional leaders find those high payoff activities to engage in and think about. They are decisive and take action.

Thought Provoker

- Do you know where you need to focus your attention and your actions in order to insure the biggest payoff in the success of your business?

- How much of your time is wasted on unimportant, low priority, low payoff activities?

- Have you set up systems and routines so that you can avoid being drained or scattered by extraneous and low payoff activities?

- Have you set boundaries with others to ensure that they respect your priorities?

 Exceptional Leaders are constantly assessing where they can best use their time and attention. They simply and powerfully focus.

Copyright protected by author Bruce M. Anderson. Reprinted with permission. Thinking Partners Inc.


Is Your Attitude Holding You Back?
 

Whether you want to admit it or not, your attitude plays a large role in whether or not you are successful in your job. There is a story about a man who sat outside the gates of a city and as a traveler passed by, he asked what type of city it was. The traveler told him it was a terrible city full of awful people. The next traveler that passed by, the man asked the same question. That traveler answered that the city was wonderful and full of loving people. You see, you can try to fool yourself that your negative attitude comes from the environment you are in, but on the contrary, you chose whether you will be negative or positive. In leadership roles, you will definitely face your share of negative situations, but that does not mean your attitude or outlook on your success should be affected negatively.

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Written for us by our associate Gary Sorrell, Sorrell Associates, LLC. Copyright protected. All rights reserved.

Pay Raises Focus On Rewarding 
Top Performers
 

It is difficult to find employees that are dedicated to a company and able to perform at a high level. When you have found individuals that fit that bill, then you know how important it is to retain them. Employees that know their value in the company cannot be blamed for expecting to be thanked for their efforts. Even if an employee is happy working for you, they can be easily swayed if they feel that they are being taken for granted. Rewarding your top employees is an important thing that needs to take place in any business.

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Written for us by our associate Gary Sorrell, Sorrell Associates, LLC. Copyright protected. All rights reserved. 

 

Recognizing Performance
 

If your organization is using economic excuses and cutbacks as an excuse for not rewarding your employees, the problem is a lack of imagination, not a lack of dollars. Here are some possibilities for recognition and rewards: 

1. A picture of the winning department or section on a local billboard

2. A personalized chair with a gold star at the winner's desk or workstation

3. A special corporate blazer or shirt with the company logo

4. A month's use of a designated parking spot

5. Free meals in the cafeteria for a month

6. Tickets to a movie or ball game

7. An hour of pampering at a local spa or health club

8. Posting on organization's web site or Facebook page

 

Source: Todd Englander, writing in Incentive Magazine

 

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