Wednesday, September 14, 2011

For Great Leadership, Clear Your Head

Clear your head! What a great concept. How many times do we gut sucked into the day and then before we know it we are spit out other end and can't remember what went on during the day? How often do we stop, take some time to think and then get back to the rat race. The more I read about and study people who accomplish great things - the more I read that they take time to clear their heads and just think.

In a recent HBR blog I read about clearing your head. Joshua Ehrlich covers five strategies to give you more time to just think. The blog post is well worth reading.

A friend of mine who is a VP of Sales for a $40 million printer helped his company develop a strategy years ago that became the basis for the tremendous growth and success that the company has experienced over the last decade. At one point the C.E.O. of the company asked him to spend more time thinking and less time doing. We joked about this many times but the concept makes sense. Scott has great ideas and his company can benefit from those ideas, but the only way the ideas come is if he spends time thinking.

Schedule "thinking time" to ponder the next 5 to 10 years. This time may yield the ideas you need to really succeed during the next decade.

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