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Strategic planning is a game of focus not omniscience.  And with focus comes the need to make decisions.  And decisions mean choices.  And choices mean saying no to something (often many things) in order to say yes to the right things.

But have you ever noticed that so many leaders and managers can’t fully commit to a “no”?  Instead they try to do something for everything as a way to apease some higher authority and appear to be multitasking.  But doing a little bit of everything often ends in not achieving anything, especially anything great.

When you sit down to start building your organizational strategy (measurable actions to achieve a known outcome), prepare yourself by allowing both you and your team to say “no”.  Fully committing to a “no” for many of your options can give you the focus and motivation to fully engage in the most important “yes” giving you the best results.