The 80/20 rule -- you get 80% of your results from 20% of your efforts.

It’s a real thing, and almost everyone has heard about it.

But do you live it?

If you did, how much would it simplify your life?

If you make one resolution for 2018, make it this: Focus more on your 20

  • Don’t send your pitchers to batting practice.
  • Don’t send ducks to eagle school.
  • Don’t try to teach penguins how to fly.
  • Don’t try to teach a pig to sing.

What do these all have in common?

They’re all about taking the focus off of weaknesses.

At the beginning of a fresh, new year, there may be no better advice to managers and leaders than this:

Invest in Your Own Growth

Other people have likely invested in your personal and professional development. You have reaped the benefits of their teaching, training, coaching, advising and mentorship. But as your career progresses and as you take on greater leadership responsibilities, there are fewer people investing in you – and more people looking for you to invest in them.

Here’s a scenario every leader faces from time to time: a top employee whose work is mission critical to your business comes to your office and announces his or her plan to leave. Not on vacation. Permanently. This person is a top performer whose departure would leave a significant hole in your business. What do you do?

The only constant in business is change.

On the Managing to Make a Difference podcast, we’ve been talking about how managers can make a difference in the face of organizational change, and our latest podcast might be the single topic that makes people most uncomfortable taking action on people issues.