As a part of my series about “Slow Down to Do More” I had the pleasure to interview Michael Lipps, the CEO of insightsoftware, a global leader in ERP and EPM reporting solutions. Michael is also the former Chairman for the American Heart Association’s Triangle Heart Walk in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.

Chaya Weiner, director of branding & photography, Authority Magazine’s Thought Leader Incubator

 

Know your critical few priorities, and make sure they fit on one page. A wise mentor once told me, “Critical few means four or five, maybe six, never seven!” As CEO, I’ve tried to live by that mantra. If you find yourself with too many “critical few” priorities, you’ve been overtaken by what we call the “trivial many,” which leads to sub-optimal execution. CEOs need to be highly disciplined to determine where they spend their time. Don’t take on too much, and you’ll find you get more of the stuff that really matters done. I carry my critical few priorities around with me every day on a single page. And I share it with anyone in my organization who’s interested in where I’m investing my time (and just as importantly, where I’m not).

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