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big picture

Details and the big picture — effective leadership requires a focus on both!

Exceptional leadership requires a dual focus — the ability to visualize the big picture and look ahead, and the skill to examine the details of the present.  A great metaphor is the value of both microscopes and telescopes. Scientific study

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choice

Obligation versus choice

As leaders, we are often called upon to implement and follow-through on decisions we don’t necessarily agree with.  When you find yourself in such a situation, it’s worth asking yourself whether you’re faced with an obligation or a choice.  And

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decision-making

Decision-making by consensus – Dutch style

The polder model worked for Holland. Can it be a success in your workplace and your role as a leader?

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context matters

When it comes to making good decisions, context matters

When it comes to decision-making, context matters.  As a leader, you are often called upon to make decisions on the basis of information, sometimes limited.  But decisions cannot be made on the basis of data alone.  Consider these situations. Three

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shift your perspective

When you shift your perspective, you can change your reality

I was reminded recently of the importance of being able to shift your perspective as a leader, and a parable about six blind men and an elephant that I first heard when I was a child came to mind. This

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Does the wisdom of Segal’s Law help or hinder decision making?

Segal’s law: A man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure. Segal’s Law is a humorous way of addressing the pitfalls that come from amassing too much information in advance of

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