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Straight Talk on Leadership: Solving Canada's Business Crisis by R. Douglas Williamson

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Misguided Focus and Human Nature

A common and often fatal flaw we can fall victim to is the tendency to focus on the immediate rather than the important. This is especially true when it comes to the really big things and the truly difficult problems in our lives or businesses. Unfortunately, the hidden costs and consequences of misalignment really are like the iceberg referred to above. They can be ignored or underestimated for a short period of time, but if they aren't dealt with, the risks will inevitably appear as if out of nowhere and overwhelm even the hardest working, most charismatic and most determined leader.

In organizational life, leaders of huge multinationals and leaders of small independent businesses have the same set of responsibilities ...

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