Management Tip of the Day: Don't Let Your Strategy Distract You

Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:13am EDT
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BOSTON (Reuters) - The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and ( Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"In business, it's important to set goals - achieve a sales target, grow the company by X percent - and lay out the strategies you believe will get you there. A clear strategy that dictates the process for achieving goals can be comforting, but be careful not to let it distract you.

Don't keep your head so focused on the process that you lose sight of the bigger picture. Look up every once in a while and remind yourself what you are trying to achieve. Markets change, customers change, and even your company changes - looking up ensures that you don't miss new and important opportunities."

- Today's Management Tip was adapted from "Don't Get Distracted by Your Plan" by Peter Bregman.

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