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Managers that fall into the other quadrants, by contrast, are usually just spinning their wheels; some procrastinate, others feel no emotional connection to their work (disengaged), and still others are easily distracted from the task at hand. Although they look busy, they lack either the focus or the energy required for making any sort of meaningful change.

Beware the “Busy Manager”

[pullquote]Our findings on managerial behavior should frighten you: Fully 90% of managers squander their time in all sorts of ineffective activities. In other words, a mere 10% of managers spend their time in a committed, purposeful, and reflective ...

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The Delusions of A Self-Centered Leader

Let’s first get one thing out of the way: there is no such thing as a self-centered leader. Leadership is made up of an amalgamation of beliefs and related behaviors geared towards supporting individuals and groups. The intentions that underlie leadership are ...

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Ten Bold Questions

Bold people ask themselves bold questions. They like to challenge themselves. If you consider yourself to be bold, you may ask yourself these bold questions: 1. What do I really want in life? 2. What is the price I need to pay to achieve it? 3. Am I ready to ...

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Art of Questions Delegation

These questions might be helpful for delegating services to others: 1. Do you operate a policy of 'if you want a job done well, do it yourself'? 2. Do you try to do everything yourself? 3. Would you trust your senior staff to do your job as well as you, given time and ...

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The Conscious Manager

Start today to pay closer attention to the things you do. Be more conscious and aware of yourself and your actions. Think about your tasks carefully before you begin. Identify your most important tasks and concentrate on them single-mindedly. Do fewer things of ...

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The Conscious Manager: Zen for Decision Makers

For many of us with Western educated and disciplined minds, Zen is alluring but mysterious. To comprehend Zen requires that the Western mind unlearn much and spend years in dedication to its study and practice. This book is the best I've read at helping to understand ...