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Step Back: Bringing the Art of Reflection into Your Busy Life

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How to find clarity amid the turbulence of work and life

We all wish we had more time to pause and reflect about small decisions and big goals—and everything in between. But since we live and work in a vortex of tasks, meetings, decisions, and responsibilities, we rarely get the chance to step back.

In this practical guide, bestselling author and Harvard Business School prof
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published July 14th 2020 by Harvard Business Review Press
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Bailey L.
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Anyone serious about being a reflective person should read this book. It's the perfect length for a nonfiction book on a topic that is both straightforward and not. It has a ton of superb quotes, questions, and ideas for both those who are new to reflection and those who are needing a refresher. I will be referencing this book in all future sessions I facilitate on the habit of reflection. ...more
Warwick Fairfax
Mar 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Joseph Badaracco has written a very thought-provoking book about the importance of reflection, but he has adapted it for the fast-paced frenetic age in which we live. He notes how today’s successful leaders, rather than going to a mountain top for a month to contemplate, snatch moments in their day to reflect -- whether at the gym, in the car or on the way to work. They reflect on what is happening, think about next steps and then act. Rather than isolated long periods of quiet contemplation, he ...more
Richard Pütz
Dec 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In college, I was a philosophy/theology/history major(s), and in grad school theology. Then one day I found myself in the world of business primarily technology. I have found all of Dr. Badaracco's books to be helpful and most insightful. His approach is to discover from the work-a-day world what is really going on and draw insights to help others navigate. This book is no exception. ...more
Florence Dambricourt
Apr 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Good collection of tips based on serious series of interviews with many many people. I really like how the author does his best to keep things simple, and summarise everything under four themes "aim for good enough" "downshift occasionally" "ponder the tough issues" "pause and measure up". And then many ides to test, taking away a few of the biases we see around reflecting 😁. ...more
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Couldn't finish it. Too boring. Didn't like it. ...more
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Main takeaway - “mosaic reflection”
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Many of us are so busy living our professional and personal lives that we don't spend some time reflecting on what is happening to us. This is exacerbated by the increasing demand for our attention brought about by work tasks, social media notifications, interruptions, and incessant need for instant gratification.

This short book by Joseph Badaracco provides business professionals with helpful pieces of advice on how we can step back from the fray and take some time to reflect. He also provides r
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