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A leader must remain calm and ____

make the best decision possible.


Seals verbalize prioritize and execute with this direction:

Relax, look around, make a call


Even the most competent leaders can be overwhelmed if they ____

try to tackle multiple problems or a number of tasks simultaneously.


If a team tries to handle multiple problems simultaneously , the team will likely ____

fail at each of the tasks.


Leaders must determine the ____ and _____.

* highest priority
* execute


A particularly effective means to help prioritize and execute under pressure is to ____

stay at least a step or two ahead of real time problems.


Through careful contingency planning, a leader can anticipate ____

likely challenges that could arise during execution and map out an effective response to those challenges before they happen.


If the team has been briefed and understands what actions to take through such likely contingencies, the team can ____

then rapidly execute when those problems arise, even without specific direction from leaders.


It is crucial, particularly for leaders at the top of the organization, to pull themselves off the firing line, step back, and ____

maintain the strategic picture.


With an stepped back, strategic picture perspective, it becomes far easier to determine the ____

highest priority effort and focus all energies toward its execution.


Teams must be careful to avoid ____

target fixation on a single issue.


The team must maintain the ability to quickly ____ and rapidly adapt to a constantly changing battlefield.

* re-prioritize efforts


To implement prioritize and execute in any business team, or organization, a leader must:

* Evaluate the highest priority problems
* Lay out in simple, clear, and concise terms the highest priority effort for your team.
* Develop and determine a solution, seek input from key leaders and from the team where possible
* Direct the execution of that solution, focusing all efforts and resources toward this priority task
* Move on the next highest priority problem. Repeat.
* When priorities shift within the team, pass situational awareness both up an down the chain of command.
* Don't let focus on one priority cause target fixation. Maintain the ability to see other problems developing and rapidly shift as needed.