All posts under 365Project:2017

335/365 Focus on opportunities

Good executives focus on opportunities rather than problems. Problems have to be taken care of, of course; they must not be swept under the rug. But problem solving, however necessary, does not produce results. It prevents damage. Exploiting opportunities produces results. [..] Effective executives put their best people on opportunities[…]

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334/365 They themselves made a mistake

Effective executives know this and check up (six to nine months later) on the results of their people decisions. If they find that a decision has not had the desired results, they don’t conclude that the person has not performed. They conclude, instead, that they themselves made a mistake. In[…]

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333/365 Take responsibility for decisions

Take responsibility for decisions. A decision has not been made until people know: – the name of the person accountable for carrying it out; – the deadline; – the names of the people who will be affected by the decision and therefore have to know about, understand, and approve it—or[…]

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332/365 Action plan

The action plan is a statement of intentions rather than a commitment. It must not become a straitjacket. It should be revised often, because every success creates new opportunities. So does every failure. In addition, the action plan needs to create a system for checking the results against the expectations.[…]

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331/365 More than two at a time

The answer to the question “What needs to be done?” almost always contains more than one urgent task. But effective executives do not splinter themselves. They concentrate on one task if at all possible. If they are among those people—a sizable minority—who work best with a change of pace in[…]

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330/365 A few big generic decisions

There is an overhead cost to any good decision: It requires argument and debate, time for reflection and concentration, and energy expended to ensure superb execution. So, given this overhead cost, it’s far better to zoom out and make a few big generic decisions that can apply to a large[…]

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329/365 Pockets of quietude

This requires the discipline to consolidate time into blocks, of three primary types. First, create unbroken blocks for individual think time, preferably during the most lucid time of day; these pockets of quietude might be only ninety minutes, but even the busiest executive must do them with regularity. Second, create[…]

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328/365 Away from negative ideas

Strengthening your ability to direct your focus away from negative ideas and events when such cogitation serves no purpose and to reframe setbacks as challenges or even opportunities helps you handle stress and approach life as a creation rather than a reaction. From “Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life” Winifred[…]

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327/365 Start and restart

On our self-change journey, we have to be prepared to forgive ourselves for our transgressions so that we are willing to try again. We will certainly have to try again many times. As I said before, even my simple strategy of just get started may have to be invoked many[…]

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326/365 The power of forgiveness

This finding reflects the power of forgiveness to move us from an avoidance motivation to an approach motivation. If, for example, you had a transgression (e.g., fight or broken promise) with a friend, and you or your friend had not offered forgiveness, you would likely avoid that friend. In the[…]

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