One of my colleagues who I really enjoy reading is Dave Gardner. Dave is a fantastic consultant from the Bay Area and specializes on strategy. His only drawback is that he’s a 49’ers fan, but these days that’s better than a Seahawks fan! He puts out a weekly memo that I religiously read and I wanted to share it from today with his permission…

Focus on the wrong things can be debilitating. Too many people are focused on matters they have no control over. If this was a good thing, I’d not be writing about it.

We don’t have control over the stock market, what then banks are doing, what the government is doing, what’s going on in the global economy, what our competitors are doing, etc.

What we do have control over is setting our own strategy and executing that strategy, irrespective of all the ambiguities that we are exposed to.

We have to manage our businesses.  If that means we need to turn off the news so we can focus, then so be it.

We must set a certain course and follow it, not become a rudderless ship being tossed about in a turbulent sea.  This is key to thriving.

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