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The Twelve Absolutes of Leadership by Gary Burnison

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CHAPTER 9

NAVIGATE

By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination.

—Christopher Columbus

Coupled with anticipate, the skill of navigate is the essence of strategic thinking, and even more so today than at any time in the past, given how rapidly the world is changing. Navigating takes objectivity and clarity to see opportunities, honesty to admit mistakes, and courage to make real-time decisions toward a new way forward. When you navigate, setting strategy is not a once-a-year exercise. It becomes perpetual in the form of thoughtful and proactive decision making in the midst of a changing environment. Yet a leader must be mindful of the difference between the urgent and the important, ...

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