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The Pause Principle: Step Back to Lead Forward

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A bestselling thought leader turns standard thinking on it's head--leadership is not all action. It's also reflection and even meditation. Cashman's breakthrough book explains how any leader can find the means to purpose, innovation, and energy by periodically turning off the Blackberry and pausing to think.
ebook, 192 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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The Pause Principle | Step Back to Lead Forward by Kevin Cashman

Simply outstanding. The premise of the book is that great leaders need to pause. We are introduced to the Pause Principle, then spend time in personal leadership, then helping to grow others, and finally, we growing cultures of innovation. All by pausing.

What makes it a difficult book to review is that I have completely highlighted the book with so much highlighting that I had to move to multiple colors, then switch to stickies. Th
Americans have a bias for being decisive and acting. Get 'er done. Faster is better. Cashman reminds us how valuable it is to pause and receive information instead of acting without reflection.
I really should have looked more closely at this before reading - as a Quaker, I was interested to see how "pause" (or silence) could affect how we interact with the world, colleagues, etc.. Instead, this was far too much about management style (virtually every few pages had a citation from a How To Manage Better book) and far too little about the actual pause itself. The author tells a story about heading to India to tour and meet the Dalai Lama and getting sick, giving him the "pause" he neede ...more
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