The Aerospace Executive Podcast

The Aerospace Executive Podcast header image 1

Million Dollar Career Series: Put Your Focus On Your Own Job and Stop Looking at Everyone Else w/Robert Houghton

March 17, 2022

There’s a general trend taking place at the moment, across industries, where everyone seems to be more concerned with what everyone else is doing, but that’s not going to get us anywhere. Only focus can do that. 


What’s stopping more people from staying dialed in to their own jobs, and what can we do as leaders to make that easier for them?


Is there a way to pinpoint recruits more likely to knuckle down on what they’ve been hired to do? 


In this episode, Robert Houghton and I discuss how to instill a culture of focus in our organizations. 


Focus on whatever it is you've been hired to do and don't worry about anything else. -Craig Picken


Three Things You’ll Learn In This Episode 

  • The importance of setting expectations
    How can we expect our team members to do anything without communicating what we need from them? 


  • How to hold employees accountable to their unique commitments
    Are we doing enough to encourage our employees to stay focused on their assigned tasks? 


  • 1 thing stopping people from staying focused
    Focus isn’t a particularly difficult concept on paper, so what’s stopping the vast majority from knuckling down in their areas of expertise?


Guest Bio-


Robert Houghton is an executive recruiter and the President of MR Fairfax, the #1 recruiter in the Mid-Atlantic region specializing in insurance and financial services. As a well-established former CEO of several successful business enterprises, Robert has a unique understanding of executive recruiting in the commercial insurance sector with specialties in employee benefits, property & casualty insurance and risk management. 


To find out more, go to

You can also email him with 

Learn More About Your Host:


Co-founder and Managing Partner for Northstar Group, Craig is focused on recruiting senior level leadership, sales and operations executives for some of the most prominent companies in the aviation and aerospace industry. Clients include well known aircraft OEM’s, aircraft operators, leasing / financial organizations, and Maintenance / Repair / Overhaul (MRO) providers. 


Since 2009 Craig has personally concluded more than 150 executive searches in a variety of disciplines. As the only executive recruiter who has flown airplanes, sold airplanes AND run a business, Craig is uniquely positioned to build deep, lasting relationships with both executives and the boards and stakeholders they serve. This allows him to use a detailed, disciplined process that does more than pair the ideal candidate with the perfect opportunity, and hit the business goals of the companies he serves.