November 9

Be a Laser, Not a Lighthouse

Many people—especially leaders—focus on all the things that could go wrong rather than on a compelling vision of what’s possible. They oper- ate like a lighthouse—“Don’t go here. Don’t go there.”—pointing out all the potential problems or danger areas but not really indicating what others should do.

Instead, you must be a laser. A laser is pointed in a clear direction and cuts through the fog. There is no mistaking its direction, and it’s easy to follow. When you communicate about your work, focus on being clear and precise about expectations, direction, strategy, and priorities. When you do this, it provides just the right kind of clarity that will trickle down to the rest of the team.

Consider your current priorities. Is there any place where you are being less than clear in order to avoid potential dangers? Could that be affecting the kinds of risks others take or the ideas they will share?

Focus on being a laser, not a lighthouse. Be clear, precise, and direct in how you communicate with others.


Where are you acting as a lighthouse instead of a laser?

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