A Bias for Action: How Effective Managers Harness Their Willpower, Achieve Results, and Stop Wasting Time

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Harvard Business Press, 2004 - Business & Economics - 212 pages
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In A Bias for Action, Sumantra Ghoshal and Heike Bruch reveal that only 10% of managers act purposefully to get truly important work done. The other 90% simply "spin their wheels" by procrastinating, detaching emotionally, and distracting themselves with busywork. Why does this happen, and what separates productive managers from their less purposeful colleagues? Based on exclusive research across several industries, and illustrated through stirring personal stories, A Bias for Action shows that great managers produce results not by motivating others, but by engaging their own willpower through a powerful combination of energy and focus. Bruch and Ghoshal provide simple strategies for bolstering individual willpower and action-taking abilities, and explore ways to marshal the willpower of others to encourage collective action.
 

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Contents

Preface
ix
Management Is the Art of Doing and Getting Done
3
Distinguish Purposeful Action from Active Nonaction
19
Marshaling Energy and Developing Focus
33
Moving Beyond Motivation to Willpower
53
Crossing the Rubicon
69
Overcoming me Three Traps or Nonaction
89
Developing Purposeful Managers The Organizations Responsibility
115
Unleashing Organizational Energy for Collective Action
139
Freeing Your People to Act A Mandate for Leaders
165
How We Studied Willpower
179
Notes
183
Index
203
About the Authors
211
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