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Leaders 'Focus-Board' - From Vision to Tactics: Staying focused on what matters

The predominant issues that leaders face today are burnout, stress, and overwhelm. Leaders are required and expected to accomplish more with limited resources, while keeping up with technology, managing a virtual and global workforce that spans multiple generations, and to execute it all in a highly volatile economy.

For all these reasons, leaders can benefit from a tool that keeps them focused on what really matters.

Our Leaders ‘Focus-Board’ is a simple one-page tool that summarises the most important things on the leaders plate.

It includes a succinct summary of:

  • The organisation’s vision.

  • The organisation’s purpose and mission.

  • Values.

  • Strategic edge.

  • Top 3 initiatives.

  • Key performance indicators to track success.

  • Relationships.

  • Top strategies to build organisational capacity.

The leader can also create a career/professional ‘Focus-Board’ covering the same areas, except for his or her own career. That way, it becomes clear whether the leader is aligned with the organisation’s direction or not, and steps to take if there are gaps in alignment.

Perhaps most importantly, everyone in the organisation can create their own ‘Focus-Board’. When this exercise is done correctly, everyone is aligned, focused on what really matters, and accountable. Each ‘Focus-Board’ rolls up into the larger whole - using only a single sheet of paper!

The process is extraordinary as it is so simple, practical and powerful. No expensive complicated software is required. No teams of consultants need to interfere. Rather, with a small amount of facilitation and coaching, each member of the organisation gets clarity about what really counts.

In today’s world of incredibly complicated algorithms, virtual communication, and gut-wrenching volatility, it is refreshing to have a tool like the Leader’s ‘Focus-Board’.

Toby Trumble