To Achieve a Major Goal, First Tackle a Few Small Ones

Harvard Business Review

Second, for very large tasks you often do not get feedback on your success until many of the pieces of that project are in place. Even if particular elements of the task appear to be going well, the success of the large-scale project requires integrating all of the specific tasks in a coordinated fashion. It is not until you have a complete draft that you can assess whether the project is working. The individual tasks that are part of any major project take practice.

C'mon, IT Leaders. Take a Chance!

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Execution risk: A wrong execution model or poor execution can make a project run too long and cost too much, leading to a total loss of focus and a reduction in value creation. Almost half of IT projects run over budget and about 56 percent deliver less value than predicted.

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The Best Leaders Allow Themselves to Be Persuaded

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Ray Dalio, one of the world’s most successful hedge fund managers, insists that his team ruthlessly second-guess his thinking. Christine Lagarde, managing director of the IMF, seeks out information that might disprove her beliefs about the world and herself.

“Leadership Qualities” vs. Competence: Which Matters More?

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The other authors on the article are Murat Taraki (lead author) and Patrick Groenen, both at the Rotterdam School of Management. Greer : First, we wanted to understand when it’s ideal to have a strong hierarchy, and when it’s better to let groups manage themselves.