- Managers are constantly "doing"
- They run from meeting-to-meeting completing quick tasks in between
- Their minds begin to run on autopilot
- Managers come to rely on decision making short cuts (heuristics)
- Snap decisions become common place
No matter how busy you get, you have to routinely stop and "think about what you're thinking".
If you don't...
- You're mood will cloud your perception and judgement
- It's too easy to fall into thinking traps
- Your priorities get out of whack
COACHING POINT: a thinking break is like a "time out" in sports. It's a short break from the action to catch your breath and consider your thoughts.
- Commit - you have to decide that thinking breaks are an important part of your daily routine
- Build a thinking routine - schedules are fluid but routines are more dependable