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Two Ways to Widen Your Leadership Focus

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1 Two Ways to Widen Your Leadership Focus | We have all been encouraged from an early age by parents, coaches, and friends to use focus to improve performance. It is a principle that is universally applicable. The more focused we are on the right things, the less likely we are to be distracted. Focus is about our attention and where we choose to put it. It can be narrowed or widened and moved from one thing to another. In my experience, "zooming in," or narrowing your focus, is a great tool when we already know what to do and the challenge is getting to or staying in action. However, focus isn't just about narrowing your view, sometimes it's about expanding it, or "zooming out." Think of the story of the bricklayer who is inspired by the fact that he is building a cathedral. When we get too caught up in the day-to-day details, we can miss opportunities to tap into the full potential of ourselves and others. In my experience, many managers are too "zoomed in." They struggle to see the big picture, and lose sight of financial and other objectives while dealing with day-to-day business. This focus on immediate problems can actually distract teams from the real goals of the organization and the decisions that will help achieve them. It can also result in a failure to elevate, course correct, inspire, and gain perspective and direction. As a leader, you may recognize the importance of zooming out, but the real question becomes whether or not you are able to do it effectively. Here are a few ways to adjust your viewpoint: T W O WAY S T O Widen Your Leadership Focus by Kim Capps | InsideOut Development CEO Focus isn't just about narrowing your view, sometimes it's about expanding it.

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