Know Your No. 1

What’s your number 1 thing this quarter?

Let’s face it, none of us can multi-task (not even women)! We juggle a lot of things and achieve some amazing results, but at what cost?

As a business, you might offer multiple products or services, but if you want to achieve greatness, you need to do it one step at a time. Success doesn’t come overnight, even though at times it might look like it.

In Good to Great, and in many books since that one, the author talks about Big Hairy Audacious Goals. And they are still relevant today. But for a company to reach those goals, they need to focus on the steps that will get them there. We know what happens on staircases when we take the stairs two at a time. If we don’t trip, then we run out of puff!

As companies mature, I am noticing that they are seeking facilitated quarterly sessions to help the management team determine the focus for the quarter, and to set clear priorities. This not only produces alignment across the team, but it also increases accountability.

You might have a very long list of issues that need to be fixed, changed, considered, or acted on, but unless you are able to prioritise them, you might not be addressing the right ones.

Are you clear about your number 1?