One of the key ingredients to the success of any enterprise is its ability to maintain focus. This means business leaders, teams and individual employees must be able to stay on track to achieve company goals rather than getting distracted and losing course. In fact, the ability to maintain focus is considered to be at the core of leadership success.
TIME Magazine shared a quote from former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, which stated the art of leadership is saying no, because saying yes is easy. When it comes to an enterprise, saying no is far more complex than telling an employee she can’t take paid time off and rejecting an idea. Saying no is also about keeping teams aligned and focused and ensuring everyone works toward a unified vision. At BetterWorks, we are confident in the positive impact of adopting connected, supported, adaptable, progress based and aspirational goals. Even better, when they are shared on interactive goal setting software, these types of objectives are a valuable tool for enterprises to achieve focus at every level of business.
Understanding the Impact of Everything
If employees understand their roles and can visualize the relationship between their own projects and company goals, they are more likely to stay focused. Additionally, if enterprise leaders understand the mission of the business, they will be in a stronger position to keep teams focused across the company. Finally, even CEOs can lose focus of company goals and feel tempted to take on projects that won’t lead to their ultimate success.
Fortunately, each of these potential scenarios can be avoided by setting clear objectives that are communicated using goal setting software. Not only does this technology empower people at all levels of an organization to gain a deeper understanding of projects and objectives, it gives leaders a valuable tool for engaging in informed discussions and determining when an idea is off-focus or not.
“At BetterWorks, we don’t think ‘focus’ should be equated to a limitation on aspiration.”
Focus and Aspiration Go Hand in Hand
At BetterWorks, we don’t think “focus” should be equated to a limitation on aspiration. Companies can focus on and achieve their goals while still aspiring for greatness, which is why we are champions for objectives and key results above other goal setting frameworks.
As noted in our e-book, “Getting Started with OKRs,” OKRs help organizations achieve disciplined thinking so major goals surface and inform everyone about what is most important. This means OKRs are an ideal tool for achieving focus. However, a key differentiator between OKRs and S.M.A.R.T. Goals is the focus on aspiration rather than simple attainability.
We understand the relationship between focus and success, and believe both can be achieved without hindering aspiration. With the right technology and structure, enterprises will be on their way to achieving both.