Do you ever feel like you have option overload? I do.
A trip to the grocery store should convince you. Last night I was in our local market and walked through the middle of the store. As I walked down the potato chip isle I noticed it — choices. There must have been 200 choices. I walked away happy I wasn’t buying potato chips.
Every day, leaders everywhere face option overload. Should we invest in this or that? Promote him or her? Prioritize A or B?
So how do we decide? Here are 3 things to keep in mind:
- What are you trying to accomplish? Focusing on your vision will help you prioritize people and resources. And remembering what you are trying to do will also tell you what not to do.
- Less is more. Stop trying to do everything. You have capacity limits and a lack of focus will dilute your impact. Do a few things well and it will create a tremendous competitive advantage.
- Simple is powerful. If you are going to do less, then I encourage you to start with simple. Football coaches talk about blocking and tackling for a reason. The ability to master the fundamentals will lead to greater results.
One of the biggest jobs of the leader is to cut through the clutter and make decisions. Remember your vision, don’t feel obligated to do everything, and be satisfied with simple. Those three will keep option overload from overwhelming your leadership.
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Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.