Focus is Your Power Broker

I was chatting with a friend who today is in a very senior leadership position at a global company. That’s the great news! What most people don’t know is that this was not always the case. In fact, his career tanked when he was CEO of a company that was critically impacted by the events on 9.11.2001.

Even though he had a wonderful track record and that the failure of the company wasn’t his fault, people who could hire him just couldn’t get past the failure.

So he decided to be really receptive to a wide range of possible next steps. He believed that if he was open, more opportunities would flow his way. Much to his shock and dismay, that approach didn’t work.

So he turned his search strategy on its head and focused in a narrow, concrete, and specific way. That did the trick – along with his talents and ability to articulate his story.

My lesson: Focus can be your ally and power broker if you are courageous enough to let it be.

Have a great weekend,


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