Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Harvard Business Management Tips

One of my favorite business apps for the iPhone is the Harvard Business Review Management Tip of the Day. This app provides daily management tips from the Harvard Business Review and strong business leaders. Each tip is easy to digest and is summed up with key takeaways making it easy to apply the tip into your business day.

Here is an an example of today's April 13, 2011 management tip:

"3 Signs You Need to Broaden Your Focus"

The lens through which leaders view the world can help or hinder their ability to to make good decisions. If your lens is too narrow, you risk making everything all about yourself or your team. While it can be helpful to see the fine points, you might be missing the big picture. Here are three signs it might be time to zoom out:

1. You're Overwhelmed By Details: Being too focused on small things can be overpowering. Ask yourself what really matters most and focus on that.

2. You Put Yourself First: A tight focus doesn't leave room for others. Consider the needs of those around you.

3. You Treat Every Situation as Unique: Narrowly focused leaders tend to reinvent many wheels because they treat every project or issue separately. Look for similar situations to use a analogies and make your job easier.

This management tip from Harvard Business Review was adapted from, "Zoom In, Zoom Out" by Rosabeth Moss Kanter

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