Leading In A Business World Full Of Distractions

High performing executives often lament that there are only 24 hours in a day. That's because they're extremely engaged with their business and devoting time, energy and focus to the most critical decisions.

For the rest, their worry about getting things done is borne of their almost constant distraction by things of little import to their employer's business objectives.

In the first case, high performing executives are actively managing their time and attention and aligning both to strategic outcomes. Yet in a world teeming with distractions - from social media and new technology to colleagues with little emotional intelligence - insulating oneself from the noise is no easy task.

Global leaders have to block out those things that would distract them from essential priorities, even at the expense of possible misperceptions. Top managers must at the same time build trust with peers and subordinates but also impart the kind of operational separation that will enable these managers to apply their best effort to strategic issues.

When time seems to be moving faster than ever, no one can afford to waste time. Cutting distractions must become an imperative for leaders and their followers. Alas, too many managers will succumb to the distractions that, on a daily basis, drain them of their intellectual potential and energy and sap their performance. After all, it's really easy to fall into this trap.

At the end of the day, leaders must proactively manage their time, attention and behaviour around what matters most. In today's business world, this amounts to a constant battle - but one that must be waged.

For superior leaders, getting the job done right isn't only a matter of asking oneself, "Are we doing things right?" but also, "Are we doing the right things?" Doing those 'right things' requires us to manage around the distractions.


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Mindset Assessment - Will You Come Out Of This Crisis Stronger?

Coronavirus has moved us beyond everything we thought we knew. Moving forward implies a number of challenges:

  1. Rescuing the business.
  2. Recognising and celebrating that there is a new definition of what it means to be "a team".
  3. Developing one, three- and six-month strategic scenarios.
  4. Partnering with customers to develop the best way forward.
  5. Regularly revisiting the question, "How will we come out of this stronger?"

Moving beyond today's crisis - as indeed we will - isn't simply about having a better plan. To come out of this stronger we need to think differently about the business that will emerge. Our mindset will determine not only what is possible but, more importantly, what becomes possible!

Download "Leadership: Moving Beyond The Crisis" and work through the simple "Mindset Assessment" to answer:

  1. What state of mind shaped how you and your team made decisions in the past?
  2. To come out of this crisis stronger, what collective mindset is demanded?

Tomorrow Will Be Different - Will You?


As passionate experts in the executive search and leadership consulting industry we build leadership teams for our clients every day. Learn more about TRANSEARCH International and our wide-ranging approach to leadership acquisition and management assessment.

Three Essential TRANSEARCH Orxestra® Webinars You Can Watch Right Now
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TRANSEARCH International recently invited organisational change and culture guru Dr John O. Burdett to present a series of global webinars on the following themes:

  1. The Culture Conversation
  2. Coming Down the Mountain - It's all mindset
  3. Organization Design

For those who have already watched the webinars or participated in the live sessions, thank you for your ongoing interest in our TRANSEARCH Orxestra® series. If you haven't been able to join us or missed one of the sessions, you can read more about the webinars using the links above and watch the videos at your leisure.

Insights from "Three essential TRANSEARCH Orxestra® webinars you can watch right now" by Vladimír Polomský, Sr. Consultant, TRANSEARCH International Czech Republic & Slovakia.

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The Power of a Clear Leadership Narrative
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Few would argue that key leadership traits such as authenticity, trust, and inspiration are necessary. But, without the context needed to create meaning or catalyse change, they run the risk of being considered buzzwords. Stories help prevent that from happening, and that's where the power of creating your leadership narrative comes into play.

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