Lessons from the 2006 SHRM conference: Break free of schedule to think strategically

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Former IBM Corp. chairman Lou Gerstner urged HR professionals to carve out time in their busy schedules to think about (and plan for) big-picture changes at their organizations.

It's easy for business leaders, especially HR professionals, to become caught up in putting out fires and dealing with their day-to-day duties. "It fills your time with what is effectively trivia," said Gerstner.

But leaders need to take quiet time away from ringing phones, e-mail and employee "drop-ins" to tackle strategic initiatives at their organizations.

"One of the most difficult things for leaders today is that you're constantly connected," said Gerstner. "It's intrusive and it's a huge dilemma of how you get personal time."  

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