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How to do thoughtful work when you just can’t focus
Telling yourself to snap out of it and get to strategic work is not so easy. Turn to a few of these tips to help you reset and absorb the bigger picture around you.

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Disrupted Routines

Disrupted Routines

Our focus and attention span is our most important asset, and the constant disruptions keep derailing us from our activities, with our brains shifting and wandering all the time.

This is fur...

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Our Minds Nee Reflection

Just jumping from one task to another in your to-do list or calendar does not help the mind absorb anything or learn.

The mind needs reflection time to digest information, filter out...

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Embrace Change

From online learning for school kids to contactless delivery of Amazon products, the ongoing pandemic has already shown us many social, economical and cultural changes.

Embracing change ...

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Broaden Your Perspective

While travel is the best way to expand your mind, virtual travel will do for now, considering what’s outside.

Ted Talks, brainstorming sessions on Zoom with like-minded friends or collea...

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David Collis - Harvard Business School professor

“Most executives cannot articulate the objective, scope, and advantage of their business in a simple statement. If..."

David Collis - Harvard Business School professor

Invite Dissent To Build Others’ Commitment

An executive needs those she leads to translate strategic insights into choices that drive results. For people to commit to carrying out an executive’s strategic thinking, they have to both understand and believe in it. But repeated explanations don’t necessarily increase people’s understanding and ownership of strategy. Making them discuss the pros and cons of it make it so the problem is better understood and flaws are identified and fixed increasing ownership for success.

Identify The Strategic Requirements Of The Job

When someone is promoted into a function that requires strategic leadership it’s easy to spend time fixing what was wrong in their previous function but that often isn’t what the strategic leadership position requires. So, identify the strategic requirements of your job and focus on them.

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A Zen Parable

There was a man riding on a horse. When a man walking on the road asks him where he is going, the rider replies, “Why are you asking me? You should ask the horse.”

The ho...

Emotional Intelligence

The ability to monitor one's own and others' feelings and emotions to discriminate among them and to use this information to guide one's thinking and actions. -Salovey and Mayer (1990)

Emotional Mastery

It manifests itself in the kind of statements we make about ourselves, in relation to our emotional skills and success.

Qualities such as confidence, awareness and optimism, come under the umbrella of emotional intelligence. 

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A New Reality

A New Reality

The ongoing pandemic will, apart from changing the social and economic landscape, also alter the way people think, behave, and relate to others.

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Closures and Lockdowns

Until a cure or vaccine is found, which can take about two years, our daily life will be about managing the epidemic.

This includes not having any large gatherings (like weddings or concerts) or commuting on the subway. Many offices, factories, gyms, restaurants, bars, and places of worship will remain fully or partly closed.

Traveling

Interstate and international borders will remain tightly restricted. Even if the virus is controlled in a local region, it cannot be allowed to be ‘contaminated’ again by easing travel.

It is a good idea to use caution even when your local authorities tell you to go out freely.

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