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Eleven Greatest Ideas for Practical Wisdom

Idea 90: Time to think

If you want to be successful as a leader – an equation that entails being successful as a decision maker – you have to create for yourself time to think. Given the pressures of top jobs, where the urgent constantly drowns out the important, that is no easy task.

One of the most impressive leaders I have known personally was Field Marshal Lord Montgomery. He taught me that any leader in a high position must be ruthless about one thing: the use of their time. Listen to him for yourself.

Case study: Making time to think

What advice can be offered to a leader? He must discipline himself and lead a carefully regulated and ordered life. He must allow a certain amount of time for quiet ...

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