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Lead Positive: What Highly Effective Leaders See, Say, and Do by Kathryn D. Cramer

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Focus on the Present

We know that our frame of mind, decisions, and the actions that we take in the present moment set the stage for things to come—sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. The quality of our attention, concentration, and creativity in the present dictates the quality of our future. But so often our daily routines are brimming over with meetings, conference calls, and last-minute urgent requests that we do not stop to engage in top-quality thinking in the moment.

Most leaders can barely breathe through the blur of activity, much less reflect on and register the best of what is happening in the present moment. And on the rare occasions when they do step back to assess the situation at hand, they focus on the problems, ...

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