Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
- Helen Keller

How leaders maintain focus amid the noise

15.02.2014
Pawn with elevated viewpoint looking over a maze

Three of the biggest issues that leaders face today are burnout, stress, and being overwhelmed. Leaders must do so much with limited resources, while keeping up with technology, managing a virtual and global workforce that spans multiple generations, and do it all in an incredibly volatile economy.

For all of these reasons, leaders can benefit from a tool that keeps them focused on what really matters.

The Leadership Dashboard is a simple one-page tool that summarizes the most important things on the leader’s plate.

It includes a succinct summary of:

  • The organization’s vision.
  • The organization’s purpose and mission.
  • Values.
  • Strategic edge.
  • Top 3 initiatives.
  • Key performance indicators to track success.
  • Relationships.
  • Top strategies to build organizational capacity.

The leader can also create a career/professional dashboard covering the same areas, except for their own career. That way, it becomes clear whether the leader is aligned with the organization’s direction or not, and steps to take if there are gaps in alignment.

Perhaps most importantly, everyone in the organization can create their own dashboard. When this exercise is done properly, everyone is aligned, focused on what matters, and accountable. Each dashboard rolls up into the larger whole – using only a single sheet of paper!

The process is extraordinary because it is so simple, practical and powerful. No expensive software is needed. No teams of consultants need to swoop in. Rather, with a little bit of facilitation and coaching, each member of the organization gets clarity about what really counts.

In today’s world of super complicated algorithms, virtual communication, and gut-wrenching volatility, it is refreshing to have a tool like the Leadership Dashboard. You know how I like one-pagers!

For more information about the Leadership Dashboard, and to take our free self-assessment about how aligned and accountable your organization is, please click here.

As ever I'm happy to discuss, send me your thoughts at angela@angelaarmstrong.com

best wishes

Angela

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