Ways to Stop and Think

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The following is a short book preview contributed by the Ohio State University Leadership Center.

The Executive and the Elephant:
A Leader’s Guide for Building Inner Excellence

Richard L. Daft, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass (2010)

Rather than react too quickly, consider using one of the following ways to stop and think:

  • Count to ten.
  • Think the 8 Ts: take the time to think things through thoroughly.
  • STOP: step back, think, organize your thoughts, proceed.
  • Use autosuggestion – for example, “I am slowing down.”
  • Wait one minute.
  • Wait for reaction 2.
  • Take three deep breaths.
  • Write down your distress (p. 131).

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