Try classifying your managers (and yourself) on a simple matrix. High focus, low energy = disengaged. Low focus, low energy = procrastinating. High energy, low focus = distracted. High energy, high focus, however, means you're purposeful - along with just 10% of managers studied by Heike Bruch and Sumantra Ghoshal for Harvard Business Review. That compares with 40% distracted, 20% disengaged, 30% procrastinating. For elevation into the successful zone, insist on saving energy (attending to e-mails, calls or visitors only at certain times); build in thinking time (have one stalwart arrive at 6am, just to think); and find ways to reduce personal stress. Above all, feed managers on challenge and choice - the freedom to respond purposefully. Do it now! Don't procrastinate.
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