By Lance Trebesch
In a recent podcast, Daniel Ek, the CEO of Spotify, was asked if he feels that he is a visionary or a genius. He demurred, replying, “Absolutely not. For me it’s all about execution.”

I completely agree with this 27-year-old millionaire. Execution is everything. It doesn’t matter how many great ideas an individual, team, or company comes up with. Until you implement, you haven’t made any progress. Execution is what builds lasting success. Splitting your business’s energy among too many outcomes can hinder your ability to execute good ideas and achieve your goals.

Planning: Fragmentation versus Integration

Many organizations go through an elaborate planning process. But if your method is overly time-consuming, it takes away from more important work. More problematic, relying on the idea generation phase of planning frequently results in fragmented outcomes. When you try to achieve too many outcomes, your business starts to suffer.

It’s tough to execute your desire when your attention is split in a million directions.

Your Top Three Goals

One of the keys to execution is focus. You may want to achieve a hundred different things, but most of us find it impossible to focus on more than four all-important goals. In fact, four may be too many. I would suggest erring on the side of success: Choose your top three and pursue excellence uncompromisingly in these areas. A relentless focus makes a positive outcome all the more likely.

At, we’ve found success by choosing three goals on which to focus:

·     Customer satisfaction

·     Revenue

·     Products (improving our existing base or adding new ones)

It may not seem like a lot on paper, but accomplishing these three goals is our focus, and we devote one hundred percent of our efforts to their integration. It’s become our formula for success, and the hallmark of our company. Every year we add or improve hundreds of products. Every day we work to improve customer satisfaction. And every moment, we seek to increase our revenue. For us, a focus on executing these three goals is the key to prosperity.

What are your 3 goals?


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