Decide Work Smarter, Reduce Your Stress, and Lead by Example

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  • Copyright: 2/3/2014
  • Publisher: Wiley
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How to make better decisions and achieve your goals

What shapes a person's career and life, and defines them as a leader? Their decisions. We all want to be more productive and deliver our best results. But doing this effectively—and consistently over time—is a significant challenge. Managing it all is hard, and leading in today's hyper-paced world is even harder.

The good news is that leadership expert Steve McClatchy makes it easier. In Decide, McClatchy—who works with Fortune 1000 people every day to help them achieve outstanding levels of performance—shows you how to cut through the complexities and excuses to start realizing real gains simply by changing one thing: the way you make decisions. With McClatchy's help, you can quickly begin to:

  • Use the time you have each day to move your business and your life forward
  • Make decisions that yield better results
  • Waste less time, reduce stress and regain balance

Again and again, McClatchy has helped people learn for themselves how great decision-making habits yield a lifetime of accomplishments. Follow McClatchy's no-nonsense and practical approach, and you'll soon manage—and even lead—at your highest level of personal performance.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Two Forms of Human Motivation

Prevent Pain: I Have To Do It!

Do I Really “Have To”?

Attributes of a Gain Task

Management vs. Leadership

The One and Only Exercise I Will Ask You To Do In This Book…Brainstorm!

Chapter 2: It’s all up to you- Avoid Burnout and Create Balance

So Why Take on Gain?

The Paradox of Balance

Gain is the Answer to the Balance Crisis

Gain and Prevent Pain Must Work Together

Chapter 3: Prioritizing Tasks in Relation to Results

A New Way to Prioritize

Why is Prioritizing Important?

Focus on Results

Survival Instincts

Breaking Down Gain: Creation vs. Consumption

Chapter 4: Energy and Motivation: Decide How You Will Get Yours

What Can Your Brain Do for You?

Energy from Desire: Creation and Consumption

Energy From Fear: Procrastination

Benefits to Procrastination

Problems with Procrastination

The Final Judgment on Procrastination

Chapter 5: What Understanding the Value of Time Can Do for Your Life

The Value of a Minute

Understanding Where Our Time Goes

Make Better Decisions About Your Time

You Accomplish Gain by Getting Your Goals on Your Calendar

Why Does This Work?

Getting Your Goals on Your Calendar: The First Steps

Need Some Examples?

Leap of Faith

Don’t squeeze it in

Chapter 6: Monthly, Weekly & Daily Planning

No Time to Plan?

Benefits of a Five Minute Plan

Make It a Habit

Chapter 7: Managing Interruptions

Stick to the Work Involved

Steer it Back by Interrupting Yourself

Set Expectations

Recover and Get Back to Work!

Work Interruptions Into and Out of Your Schedule

Return the Favor

Chapter 8: How to Manage It All? Time Management Implementation

Organizing Your Information Resources

Why Get Organized?

Decide and Commit

The Keys to Using a Time Management System Effectively

What Your System Needs To Do

Task Management System: To-Do Lists


They Work Together

Being On Time versus Being Late

Information Management: Contacts and Notes

Contact Management


Touch it Once

Chapter 9: Take Action

The Power of Your Decisions

Decisions Are Like Rules

Your Decisions Determine Who You Are

Do You Make Leadership Decisions?

It’s Not a Competition

Building Your Identity as a Leader

Don’t Just Think About It. Do It!

You Work Too Hard Not to Get the Great Results You Deserve


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