A CEO just asked me how to get his people under control. He believes he's doing everything right so it must be his people who are all wrong. He reminds me of the teacher who prepares all summer and then come fall the wrong students arrive.
More than your solitary smarts, your capacity to do something extraordinary depends on something else. It is your ability to build on the work of others from the past or with others at the same time. So said Malcolm Gladwell at last year’s New Yorker conference. This may be a key theme in Outliers: Why Some People Succeed and Some Don’t", his next book, due out this November.
What do we focus on as leaders? Research has shown we get more of what we focus on. We focus on problems. We get more problems. We focus on choices; we see more available choices. What are you focusing on today?