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The Little Book of Big Decision Models by Dr. Jim McGrath

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MODEL 18

THE EISENHOWER PRINCIPLE AND THE DELEGATION OF DECISIONS (THE FIRST 11)

Use this to identify the decision you should take and those you should delegate.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower, was the Supreme Commander of Allied Forces during the Second World War and was in charge of the Allied Invasion of Europe (D-Day), so he knew a thing or two about decision making. Famously he said that ‘What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important’.

The Eisenhower Principle has been used as a system of time management but it’s included here as a reminder that not all decisions are equal and most can be delegated to your staff.

HOW TO USE IT

  • Use the Eisenhower grid to analyse the decisions you have made in the last month. ...

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