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High-Stakes Leadership by Constance Dierickx

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Chapter 4

Strategic Courage

One of the more challenging aspects of working with clients on strategy is helping them let go. But, let go of what?

  • Businesses that don’t fit their strategy.
  • Ideas that don’t fit their strategy.
  • People who are destructive to their goals.
  • Habits—more often called processes—that don’t work.

It is far easier to add goals, initiatives, task forces, and so forth than it is to let go of them when they don’t work—especially for the person who added them in the first place. Once an executive has advocated for an action and implements it, she tends to hold on to it, no matter what. The evidence others see as reasons to make a change may be dismissed. Eventually, those who oppose what the executive wants to hold on to find ...

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