brooklyn hospital center

December 1, 2008

“If you are not focused, you will not meet or exceed the duties and responsibilities of your position” Frank Alley

“If you are not focused, you will not meet or exceed the duties and responsibilities of your position”
Frank Alley, CEO, The Brooklyn Hospital Center

It’s so easy to get bogged down in the seemingly vital everyday minutiae that face you when you walk into work each day.

The ‘busyness’ of the manager’s day never seems to go away, to leave the breathing spaces vital for focusing on results, let alone growth and development.

So, it’s really important to make sure that you do the things that you – and only you – can do best, within the context of what’s most important in your business. Whilst enabling others in your business to get on with what they are great at too.

Many managers take their eye off the ball and consequently lose the focus on where to spend their own business time to best effect. They choose to get on with what’s ‘nice to do’, and miss the point – the vital stuff – that makes their business tick.

And it’s such an easy trap to fall into, because it sneaks up on you slowly and silently. Businesses that become comfortable, run the very real risk of losing direction which can be very dangerous indeed.

As a manager, you lead from the front and need to show your people that you above all are on target, dealing with the things that are critical to success. So it’s worth checking in with yourself, once in a while, that you are doing the most important things first, before you start amusing yourself.

Then, the right things get done when you need them to, leading to the reward of a focused business performance that will deliver the results that you want.

Your people will see the best focus comes from you, leading them to discover, through your example, what is most important to the performance of the business.

Your personal capacity to focus on the key issues will lead them to develop and fine tune that most critical of skills for themselves as well.

Filed under Great Quotations, Managing Me by Martin

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