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    Women Business Leaders Need to Think Clearly to be Truly Great

    As women business leaders, our value lies in working “on” the business, not “in” the business.  So, in order to produce my best strategic work,  I try to remove myself from the day-to-day frenzy whenever possible! I admit I need constant reminders to do this, but I think it’s vitally important to reduce the clutter to get a clear view of where you want your business to go.

    Joshua Ehrlich outlines some excellent ways to achieve optimal strategic thinking in his recent article, “For Great Leadership, Clear Your Head.” I’ve condensed the highlights for you below:

    • Remove the obstacles
      For many managers, the biggest obstacle is trying to do it all. Learn to say “no” to administrative tasks and unnecessary meetings, and start asking for help from your team when needed. By freeing yourself from the allure of details, you can start zooming out — that is, looking up ahead and out wide at your team’s strategy.
    • Quiet the noise
      When you begin to carve out quiet time, your focus becomes clearer. Mindful breathing can help quiet internal distractions. Each morning, sit for five minutes with the intent of focusing on your breathing. Mindfulness helps leaders solve problems more creatively and learn more quickly and flexibly.
    • Percolate
      Think of the last time you had a great idea. Did it come when you were under pressure? Most likely it came when you gave it time to gel.  Engage a diverse group of senior mentors and peers to help direct and develop your ideas.
    • Clarify your message
      Half the battle with strategic thinking is conveying your vision — where you want to take your business — and conveying it clearly. It doesn’t have to be grand, just compelling enough to align your team’s energy and attention.
    • Keep reflecting and adjusting
      Besides being clear, a strategy must be effective. If your strategy is off the mark, don’t be afraid to change course. Reframe failure as an opportunity to learn.

    Although not every tip will work for everyone, I think there are a few tips I personally will try to use more often. Let me know what worked for you, or share your tips with us in the comments section.

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