Successful leaders keep their eyes on “the main thing”

A leader I once knew had a mantra he constantly recited to his people: The main thing, is to keep the main thing, the main thing.

I’m sure you have heard it; it is timeless advice. Especially when we consider that most of us are faced with challenges and distractions that arise like a Whack-A-Mole game, daily, in any organization.

I always could relate to the wing commander’s repetitious admonition to his fellow X-Wing pilots in “Star Wars,” as they made their runs against the Empire’s…