As a leader you are ultimately measured on one thing -- the results that you deliver. Given this ultimate measure, it is vital that you are outcomes focussed. So what are 5 key benefits of being outcomes focussed?
Benefit 1: Communication
If you are crystal clear where you want to take your organisation, function or team in the longer term, it becomes much easier to communicate it to those that you are leading. If you can communicate an inspiring vision for the future, you are much more likely to get people to support you to translate it into reality.
Benefit 2: Time
We all have the same amount of time available to us in an hour, a day, a week and a month. It is how we use that time that makes the difference. When you are outcomes focussed, you spend your time on those areas that are likely to leverage the greatest benefits.
Benefit 3: Big picture
It is all too easy, especially in times of challenge to become obsessed with the detail and trivial stuff. At these times it is easy to lose sight of the bigger picture. Being outcomes focussed help you to remember the bigger picture and what you want to achieve for your organisation and you personally.
Benefit 4: Planning
They say that failing to plan is planning to fail. If you are clear about what you want to accomplish, it becomes much easier to plan what you are doing and when you are doing it. When you sit down to work out priorities you can simply ask yourself, will this move me closer to the outcome I want?
Benefit 5: Results
Leaders that focus on the outcomes get more done and as a result get results. As they achieve one result, it acts as a reinforcement and motivation to achieve more.
Bottom line -- Being outcomes focussed can lift your performance to a new level. So what steps can you take to re-focus on outcomes?
Duncan Brodie may be contacted at http://www.goalsandachievements.co.uk
Duncan Brodie of Goals and Achievements Ltd (G&A) works with individuals, teams and organisations to develop their management and leadership capability. Sign up for his free e-course and monthly newsletter at http://www.goalsandachievements.co.uk