Success Means Focusing On More Than One Thing – Friday Distraction

by Sharlyn Lauby on August 16, 2013

(Editor’s Note: Today’s post is brought to you by our friends at Kronos, the global leader in delivering workforce management solutions in the cloud. Kronos believes that companies should not have to compromise their expectations in order to get great service and improved results. Visit their website to learn more about how Kronos is creating Workforce innovation that WorksTM.)

There’s no one single thing that makes our business successful. You’ve seen the articles:

“All companies need to focus on is innovation.”

“Just take care of the employees and everything else will fall into place.”

While both innovation and employees are important, they’re aren’t exclusive of each other.

Today’s cartoon from our friends at Kronos reminded me how important it is to have equal focus on every critical aspect of our operation. In this case, if you’re paying attention to everything but labor cost…well, guess what expense goes spiraling out of control?

Kronos, innovation, employees, business, operation, labor cost, Time Well Spent

Sometimes I find that the things companies don’t focus on are the things they either don’t like to do or admit they aren’t good it. If that’s true, then it’s time to find a partner who will bring value. Surround yourself with people who are different. It still works.

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Catie Farrow August 16, 2013 at 1:34 pm

On the other hand, is focusing on the employee (or innovation) necessarily exclusive of focusing on the critical aspects of operation? Ie, focusing on what’s best for employees could include controlling costs, increasing shareholder value, and staying on top of competition, in addition to things like employee engagement and benefits.

Sharlyn Lauby August 16, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Hi Catie. Good point. And of course it doesn’t. But there are articles out there that want us to believe that engagement or innovation – or some other single aspect of business – is the sole key to success. The wise leader knows better. Thanks for the comment.

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