Growing pains occur in every business and at every level of growth. Often multiple issues will arise simultaneously as organizations navigate the various growth curves. How can leaders effectively prioritize focus and create resolution in a timely and effective manner while maintaining the overall health of the company? First they must strive to understand the Three Gates of Focus.
Gates of Focus are essentially the critical components that need to be considered within a decision to provide a holistic and inclusive solution to every problem. Simply put, they are the lens with which to view challenges to ensure that the entire organization is considered, not just what is best for a specific department.
All businesses have these Three Gates of Focus in common:
- Emphasis on revenue and profits.
- Emphasis on people, including talent acquisition, retention and development.
- Emphasis on process-driven activities, including system development, execution and improvement.
The stacked order of these Three Gates of Focus will change in each stage of growth, but all three are present in every stage of evolution. Every issue, circumstance or experience found within a growing enterprise can be understood or communicated through one or more of these three gates to unite a team around a common cause. Each of the gates brings a common language to address a problem, find a solution, or innovate a new way of looking at a challenge. When you operate your company through these three gates, always determine their sequence to approach problems and issues with focused intent that is best for that particular stage of growth.
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