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Strategy Power Plays: Winning Business Ideas from the World's Greatest Strategic Minds by Karen Mccreadie, Tim Phillips

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10 TOUGHEN UP

You need to be physically and mentally fit if you're going to be a leader. And that doesn't mean twenty minutes on the stairmaster.

Hunting ‘hardens the body,’ Machiavelli says approvingly, but how often do we harden our bodies? We're often too busy working ourselves to death to do the things that help us to live.

William Mercer Associates recently conducted a survey of chief executives at work. In an average workday of 11.9 hours, 73% of them were physically inactive, 40% were obese, and 75% had two or more risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Being a boss today is softening our bodies, which in turn makes it harder to be the boss.

DEFINING IDEA…

It's hard to lead a cavalrycharge if you think youlook funny on a horse. ...

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