This week’s focus: Despite what HR experts say about inclusivity and community, my experience is that at the top of all high-performing organisations is a leader who sets clear and stretching goals and who is in demanding in ensuring their achievement.

Two of your critical jobs as a leader are to set the bar for high-performance and then to hold your people to account in performing against it. Yes, you should involve your teams in developing the solutions and strategies that will deliver your objectives, but you cannot delegate either the setting of your organisation’s key goals or holding people to account in their accomplishment.

How clearly have you set your organisation’s objectives, and how effectively do you hold your people to account?

Off The Record: Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood by The Animals

I’m just a soul whose intentions are good

Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood

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