Stop multitasking (it can be done).
Stop procrastinating, saving work for tomorrow, and waiting to be inspired to work.
At the same time, stop working at an unsustainable pace. It makes leading more difficult, and to do things better, you have to stop doing so much.
If that’s not possible, at least stop complaining about how busy you are. Everyone will thank you.
Stop feeling like you have to be authentic all the time. It could be holding you back.
Stop holding yourself back in these five other ways, too.
Stop being so positive — research shows it’s not all that helpful for achieving your goals.
Stop overdoing your strengths (lest they become weaknesses).
And when it comes to evaluating others, stop mistaking confidence for competence.
Stop giving negative feedback as a “sandwich.”
Stop overlooking the women in your organization. And stop relying on diversity training programs to fix the problem. They can’t solve it.
Speaking of things that don’t work: Stop ideating and brainstorming.
Stop trying to delight your customers all the time.
Stop searching for a silver bullet to your strategy dilemmas.
That said, stop using so many battle metaphors when you talk about strategy.
And please, stop using terrible PowerPoints and these equally terrible words in your business communications.
Stop sitting so much. Seriously.
Stop getting defensive. (Not that we’re accusing you.)
And if you can’t stop doing any of these things… stop believing that you have to be perfect.
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