Meditate With The Marines

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Business leaders who want to improve their decision-making skills should take a tip from the marines: meditate before going into action.

“As leaders become more senior they have to deal with difficult situations that require them to balance multiple considerations,” she said. “Often there is no one right answer. In these circumstances you can’t afford to dismiss perspectives simply because they are inconvenient or you disagree with them. Mindfulness forces you to pay attention to what’s going on even when you don’t want to.”

Leaders who can accept disagreement without feeling the need to resolve it before they can move on will find that they get more and better information, said Tobias, who is a lecturer in performance management at Cranfield School of Management, which recently introduced a two-day mindfulness programme for executives.

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