Focus is a foundation of both organizational and individual success. When you think of successful companies, they typically begin by focusing in one area to become great—Google in search, Nvidia in graphics processing units, Amazon in online retailing, Nordstrom in service, and others. The challenge is that it in a world of more, it’s easier to not focus. A survey of 350,000 people worldwide conducted by Franklin Covey found that 40% of people spend their time on things that are completely irrelevant to their goals and work. This equates to wasting two out of five days of the work week, so in a 50-week working year, erasing any and all productivity in 100 of 250 days. Ouch. In this video, I’ll identify three causes that lead to a failure to focus along with tools and techniques to overcome them.

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