Join John Ullmen for an in-depth discussion in this video Establish priorities and focus, part of Executive Leadership.
- When Steve Jobs returned as CEO of Apple…and paved the way for its era of revolutionary success,…he'd conduct annual retreats with key leaders…and on the last day he would ask,…"What are the 10 things we should be doing next?"…After lengthy, vigorous debate, he would capture…the group's list of 10 things on a whiteboard.…Then, he would cross off the bottom seven and say,…"We can only do three."…Jobs is not alone in this thinking.…It's why Jim Collins, one of the most influential…leadership thinkers of his era said,…"If you have more than three priorities,…"then you don't have any."…Executive leaders must establish…priorities and focus effort.…
Here's how to do it.…First, be a persistent prioritizer.…There are a thousand and more ways every day…that you and your people, despite great intentions,…can waste time and lose ground.…We're constantly tempted to turn our attention…away from where it matters most by things…that seem urgent but aren't, and that give us…a temporary surge of satisfaction…for at least doing something.…
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- The four disciplines of executive leadership
- Thinking strategically
- Creating shared purpose
- Inspiring confidence—even under pressure
- Motivating and communicating
- Establishing priorities and focus
- Leading change
- Developing yourself