Steven R. Covey the late author of, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People noted, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”

I believe it is true that  individuals and companies with too many priorities have no priorities and are at risk of spinning their wheels. In turn, laser -focusing everyone on a single priority–today, this week, this month, quarter, etc. creates the clarity and power throughout the organization.

As leaders, one of our responsibilities is to obtain from team members alignment on what is the priority. For example, “If we could do only one thing this week, month, quarter what would that be?” Get agreement, get commitment and start the plan. We all spend plenty of time in strategy meetings, let’s be sure we walk out the door with THE MAIN THING.