Welcome to 2016. I hope you took some much deserved time off to recharge. I did and I also read. A great book, in fact. THE ONE THING outlines the surprisingly simple truth behind extraordinary results. While there are a lot of wonderful tips and insights in the book, the premise is that if you chase two rabbits, you will not catch with one (Russian Proverb). In order to succeed you must narrow your focus.
There is no surefire thing, but there’s always something, ONE THING, that out of everything, matters more than anything. At any moment in time there can only be ONE THING, and when that ONE THING is in line with your purpose and sits atop your priorities, it will be the most productive thing you can do to launch you toward the best you can be.
So, I ask… As it relates to Leadership, what is the ONE THING you can do today to be the best leader in the world and drive extraordinary results? Is it to verbally recognize your employees? To schedule a standing weekly meeting to brainstorm and implement improvements with employees? To put a low-performer on a Performance Improvement Plan? To create aggressive – yet inspirational – Q1 goals for your team?
I know from experience that spreading yourself too thin never yields extraordinary results. Would you rather make incremental progress in five areas or hit the ball out of the park in one? Exactly. I encourage you to start your day – every day – in your office asking yourself this question: What is the ONE THING I can do today to be the best leader in the world and drive extraordinary results? Then just do it.
Thank you Nike, and authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan, for reminding us that success doesn’t have to be hard.