Leaders do not need more time - they need more focus
Leadership Communication is about more than techniques, ability, vision and strategy. Leaders of people and organisations are challenged every day to communicate clearly and convincingly. Without their passion and drive, their view of the future and their words to encourage and lead, teams are left wondering and possibly creating their own, sometimes multiple, ideas of the goal ahead.
With the onslaught of messaging via emails, social media, the press and the communities around us, it can be difficult for leaders to keep a clear mind, stay focused, communicate well and deliver the performance required of them. Much is written about mental health and the need for self-care. And while not reducing these needs to any form of insignificance, it is also true that often, simple steps can help avoid a downward spiral.
We have looked at some the key questions around leadership focus:
When is a good time for leaders to re-focus, set priorities?
How can they do this easily and without loss of valuable time?
How can they ensure that their focus is not just on financials, tactics and projects, but includes people?
And how can they dig deeper into their capacity for creativity and innovation?
We have developed a simple, easily actionable Mental Focus Map, which, in no more than 25 minutes a day, can help leaders - and others - reduce time spent on superfluous activities and help them re-focus on priorities. 25 minutes well spent in the morning, before the day really begins, will ultimately cut time, frustration and stress as well as create a mindset which provides the breeding-ground for healthy communication.
We believe that it is important to start the day thinking about people, ie those around us and ourselves. Too many times, we give way to machines, electronics and phone calls. Before jumping into the working day, take time to ensure you and others have time to engage in personal communication.
Then, take time to re-focus, each day, on your macro and micro goals. Think them through, keep them at the forefront of your mind and let them charge your actions and communication throughout the day. When you are focused, your teams can focus.
And finally, streamline your day by creating your top-five list of daily goals.
Take 25 minutes a day to focus and prepare your mind.
be purposeful - not driven.
1. People come first
2. Macro and Micro Goals
3. Get ready for daily business
Get your free Mental Focus Map here.
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