March 11, 2021
by John O. Burdett
For someone in a leadership role, focus is dynamic. It’s recognising that even a small act can cast a long shadow. Focus, for the business leader, thus, becomes a way to think and act.
Focus is dynamic
“Focus” immediately conjures up the image of paying unrelenting and unabridged attention to a single, dominant goal. A magnifying glass focusing the sun’s energy on a single point would be an apt metaphor. Indeed, for a simple, everyday task that is invariably what focus means. It is no less accurate for an employee whose planning time-horizon is measured in days.
For someone in a leadership role, focus is dynamic. It’s recognising that even a small act can cast a long shadow. For those with a strategic mandate, focus has to address both the here and now and look to the horizon. It is about initiating action, but also ensuring that the way forward supports the culture the organisation needs to create.
Focus, for the business leader, thus, becomes a way to think and act that is: (1) rooted in wisdom; (2) shaped by purpose; and (3) immersed in a paradox.
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John O. Burdett is founder of Orxestra® Inc. He has extensive international experience as a senior executive. As a consultant he has worked in more than 40 countries for organisations that are household names. John has worked on organisation culture for some of the world's largest organisations. His ongoing partnership with TRANSEARCH International means that his thought leading intellectual property, in any one year, supports talent management in many hundreds of organisations around the world. Get in touch with John O. Burdett »