In the business and sports world, there's a huge coaching crutch that's often said, but rarely means anything.
You hear the first two (and versions of those two) often in the business world. Someone is struggling and everyone is frustrated - the manager, the employee in question, the skip level folks watching the show, the teammates impacted by the individual's struggle - everyone.
When it comes time to coach the person in question - and perhaps help them - only general advice is given.
Get focused. Please.
The same story exists in the sports world. I have a saying when it comes to coaching in the sports world - "When you hear a coach constantly telling a struggling player or team to play harder, just accept the following fact - he/she doesn't know how to fix the problem."
To be sure, getting focused in business and playing harder in sports is required. But when performance issues are apparent, the thing that's generally missing is technical advice and coaching on both fronts.
You're overwhelmed by what is in front of you on the job. Let's break down what you should do first. You're struggling with a specific part of the job - let me help you find a path to improve in that area since I'm your coach.
You can't stop anyone from scoring in a team sport. I could scream at you to play harder, but that's probably not going to result in better results. Instead, I have to dig into your defensive technique and find a way to make you better individually and then show how that fits into the team philosophy.
After I coach you technically, of course I have to hold you accountable to delivering on what we covered, as well as continuing to coach the technique and make you better.
When you hear a manager or coach telling a struggling individual to get focused or play harder, it means they don't know how to fix the problem.
If you want to be a better coach in the business world, focus less on glittering generalities and start coaching technique/approach.