Your team’s ability to generate new ideas is an indicator of success. It shows that you’re thinking creatively, focusing on what’s next, and innovating. But if you’re coming up with so many ideas that you’re constantly pivoting to focus on the new goal that’s bright and shiny, you’re never making real progress.
Idea overwhelm isn’t just a problem for leadership. In The 4 Disciplines of Execution, authors Sean Covey, Chris McChesney, and Jim Huling share research that shows only 15 percent of employees know what their organization’s most important goal is—a result of having either too many goals or no goal at all.
Their research further indicates that teams who have four to ten goals accomplish one or two. Teams that have more than ten goals are likely to accomplish zero. The sweet spot: two to three. The authors call those Wildly Important Goals, or WIGs. By being selective and focusing only on the most critical goals, your team actually accomplishes more.
80% of the change that we seek can be achieved by changing 20% of an activity or behavior.
If you find yourself struggling to stay focused on what really matters—or identify what really matters in the first place—start to get focused with Discovery. Discovery is a free, 45-minute, one-on-one conversation with an Aileron representative to discover what’s possible and leave with a clear path forward.
You can use this time to answer questions like:
- What are my most important goals?
- Am I trying to accomplish too much?
- How do I prioritize my goals?
- How do I empower my team to achieve my goals?
Are you ready to get clear so you can get going?