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Decide: Work Smarter, Reduce Your Stress, and Lead by Example

Book Description

How to make better decisions and achieve your goals

What shapes a person's career and life, and defines them as a leader? Their decisions. We all want to be more productive and deliver our best results. But doing this effectively—and consistently over time—is a significant challenge. Managing it all is hard, and leading in today's hyper-paced world is even harder.

The good news is that leadership expert Steve McClatchy makes it easier. In Decide, McClatchy—who works with Fortune 1000 people every day to help them achieve outstanding levels of performance—shows you how to cut through the complexities and excuses to start realizing real gains simply by changing one thing: the way you make decisions. With McClatchy's help, you can quickly begin to:

  • Use the time you have each day to move your business and your life forward

  • Make decisions that yield better results

  • Waste less time, reduce stress and regain balance

Again and again, McClatchy has helped people learn for themselves how great decision-making habits yield a lifetime of accomplishments. Follow McClatchy's no-nonsense and practical approach, and you'll soon manage—and even lead—at your highest level of personal performance.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Praise for Decide
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Preface
  7. Introduction
  8. Chapter 1: Two Forms of Human Motivation: Gain and Prevent Pain
    1. Prevent Pain: I Have to Do It!
    2. Do I Really Have To?
    3. Attributes of a Gain Task
    4. Management versus Leadership
    5. The One and Only Exercise I Will Ask You to Do in This Book…Brainstorm!
  9. Chapter 2: It's All up to You: Avoid Burnout and Create Balance
    1. So Why Take on Gain?
    2. The Paradox of Balance
    3. Gain Is the Answer to the Balance Crisis
    4. Gain and Prevent Pain Must Work Together
  10. Chapter 3: Prioritizing Tasks in Relation to Results
    1. A New Way to Prioritize
    2. Why Is Prioritizing Important?
    3. Focus on Results
    4. Survival Instincts
    5. Breaking Down Gain: Creation versus Consumption
  11. Chapter 4: Energy and Motivation: Decide How You Will Get Yours
    1. What Can Your Brain Do for You?
    2. Energy from Desire: Creation and Consumption
    3. Energy from Fear: Procrastination
    4. The Final Judgment on Procrastination
  12. Chapter 5: What Understanding the Value of Time Can Do for Your Life
    1. The Value of a Minute
    2. Understanding Where Our Time Goes
    3. Make Better Decisions about Your Time
    4. You Accomplish Gain by Getting Your Goals on Your Calendar
    5. Why Does This Work?
    6. Getting Your Goals on Your Calendar: The First Steps
    7. Need Some Examples?
    8. Leap of Faith
    9. Don't Squeeze It In
  13. Chapter 6: Monthly, Weekly, and Daily Planning
    1. No Time to Plan?
    2. Benefits of a 5-Minute Plan
    3. Make It a Habit
  14. Chapter 7: Managing Interruptions
    1. Stick to the Work Involved
    2. Steer It Back by Interrupting Yourself
    3. Set Expectations
    4. Recover and Get Back to Work!
    5. Work Interruptions into and out of Your Schedule
    6. Return the Favor
  15. Chapter 8: How to Manage It All: Time Management Implementation
    1. Organizing Your Information Resources
    2. Why Get Organized?
    3. Decide and Commit
    4. The Keys to Using a Time Management System Effectively
    5. What Your System Needs to Do
    6. Task Management System: To-Do Lists
    7. Calendar
    8. They Work Together
    9. Being on Time versus Being Late
    10. Information Management: Contacts and Notes
    11. Touch It Once
  16. Chapter 9: Take Action
    1. The Power of Your Decisions
    2. Decisions Are Like Rules
    3. Your Decisions Determine Who You Are
    4. Do You Make Leadership Decisions?
    5. It's Not a Competition
    6. Building Your Identity as a Leader
    7. Don't Just Think About It. Do It!
    8. You Work Too Hard Not to Get the Great Results You Deserve
  17. Notes
  18. Acknowledgments
  19. About Alleer Training and Consulting's Work with Clients
  20. About the Author
  21. Index