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Useful Tools

Management

It's Obvious!

I have a big problem when I delegate a task. Once I mention the topic of the task, I believe the needed result, the needed methods and resources, and the needed empowerment are all obvious. Part of my personality type (ENTP, for those who know Meyers Briggs typing), is that everything seems obvious to me. The problem is: what’s obvious to me isn’t obvious to others.
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Leadership

Vision is Knowing Where You Want to Be

Some people have a clear sense of who they are, where they're going in life; they can see it clearly because they have a personal vision of what they want to achieve in their life. They're committed to it. They're at peace with it.
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Life Balance Corner

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Building an
Effective Organization

As managers build and use tools to support their decision making, they have a number of things to do and roles to play. The pyramid in the figure includes a significant set of activities at each apex: comprehensive planning, leadership, continuous performance improvement, and culture management. Together, the four significant sets of activities contain the essence of the organization and what the organization does.

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Applying the
Systems Approach

Good systems managers and leaders need to be good systems thinkers. In systems engineering and management, we know about and implement systems, the engineering process, and systems modeling. In systems thinking we approach the world differently. In systems thinking we see patterns of connection where others see only components, their attributes, and relationships among components or where others see only isolated events. We understand the essence or meaning of the system. We recognize the relationship of each system component to the whole. We learn about a system’s functioning by generalizing lessons learned from other systems. We include everything that affects the system’s aim, functioning, and result. We understand the context of the system. We know how the system came to be.

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