3Focus

Concentration is the secret of strengthin politics, in war, in trade.

—RALPH WALDO EMERSON

Focus on the few priorities that are necessary for your organization to move forward. Simple advice—with huge benefits. Take, for example, ThedaCare, one of health care’s greatest success stories in the quest to become an outstanding organization. ThedaCare saw the results that come from focus when it decided after a year of unsuccessfully attempting to complete 31 “initiatives,” as the company refers to its priorities, that it needed to narrow things down. The organization’s leaders sat down and evaluated all the operational improvements the business could focus on and whittled them down to four that it would focus on, which the company dubbed its ...

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