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Sustaining Executive Performance: How the New Self-Management Drives Innovation, Leadership, and a More Resilient World by Steven MacGregor

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3. Design Your Life

The designer constructs the world within which he sets the dimensions of the problem space, and invents the moves by which he attempts to find solutions.

—Donald Schön

Just 20 miles from the site of Owen’s Lanark mills, I stood nervously on the start line at the side of Haggenfield Loch in Glasgow. It was the 1998 Freshers Race at Strathclyde University. In between National Schools Champions and more seasoned-looking exchange students, I stood there in borrowed shorts in a first return to athletics since high school several years before. This was the day my true academic career started, in my fifth year at University. Graduation was around the corner for my engineering master’s degree but I had never been fully engaged, only ...

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