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Self Reflection is the School of Wisdom

Yes, but is Self Reflection really needed in the fast-paced world of business today?The answer to this question, in my opinion, is a resounding YES!  In my work as a Coach with Senior Executives I often find this is an often neglected leadership skill.  In my work with business managers and leaders using a coach approach and with individual coaches as a Coaching Supervisor, it is an essential practice to master.

In his guest post, Why Successful People Spend 10 Hours a Week Just Thinking, @Brian Scudamore, founder and CEO of O2E Brands, states AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, makes his executives spend 10 percent of their day, or four hours per week, just thinking. Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, schedules two hours of uninterrupted thinking time per day. Jack Dorsey is a serial wanderer. Bill Gates is famous for taking a week off twice a year just to reflect deeply without interruption.  He also notes “Warren Buffett, the CEO of the fourth-largest company in the country, isn’t as busy as you are. By his own estimate, he has spent 80 percent of his career reading and thinking.”

Could these successful CEOs be wrong?  It’s possible!  I would be interested in your comments.  Do you agree?  Why or Why not?   How do you take time to reflect? 

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