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NAVIGATE

“YOU can't surf from the beach. You can't even teach someone else to surf from the beach.”

THE NINTH ABSOLUTE FOR LEADERS:

Navigate is the process of translating Strategy and Anticipation into action. It is real-time, purposeful decision-making, requiring you to be agile in the moment, yet always focused on the horizon. It's leadership's equivalent to surfing.

I first found myself on a surfboard thanks to my son, Jack. And yet I found very quickly that the hallmarks of the sport—focus, balance, and total commitment—are disciplines I'm constantly seeking to develop on land. images

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“If you are about to launch a rocket and that launch trajectory is off by even inches, the rocket is going to be off by miles out in orbit…. Mission is what starts that trajectory. Strategy and navigation enables you to stay focused on maintaining that trajectory over time.”

JEFF WEINER, CEO, LinkedIn.com

Strategy requires course correction; information is never perfect.

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When you're surfing, you look back just enough to pick a wave and monitor its progress, then paddle forward to match its speed. Then you feel it take you in a rush, and as you pull yourself up to standing, every muscle of your body ...

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