The Focus Principle

July 17, 2017

Lift Your Lead in 200 words*


The Focus Principle
Working ON Your Organization
Richard Leslie Parrott, Ph.D.

To increase your effectiveness, shift your focus from working in your business to working on your business.

Effective leaders focus your attention, time, and resources on developing the business or organization. To work on your business or organization means to focus on four issues.

First: Implement Strategy. Focus on clarifying expectations through values, mission, organizational structure, and goals. Focus on nurturing positive energy and providing meaningful compensation, rewards, and recognition that boost the team’s production.

Second: Build a Team. Focus on recruiting, developing, and retaining the best people for your team. Increase your team’s ability to work together, solve problems, deal with conflict, and develop loyalty to one another as a team of professionals.

Third: Improve Processes. Focus on gathering the right information and having conversations with team members that provide actionable feedback and empowering accountability. Focus on providing supportive structures that improve the everyday flow of work.

Fourth: Increase Capacity. Focus on guiding your team through transition, increasing the capacity to grow, handle change, and weather difficult times. Focus on developing the flexibility that gives your organization the competitive edge.


*Most people read about 200 words a minute; this article is 198 words.

About the Author:

Dr. Richard Leslie Parrott is a Professor of Education at Trevecca Nazarene University. He teaches classes at the Masters and Doctoral level in Leadership and Research. At Trevecca he is also the Director of C.L.E.A.R. – The Center of Leadership Effectiveness and Renewal.