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When to act quickly, when to act slowly

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Effective leaders know that some decisions require time, while others must be made on the spot.

It can help to remember these ancient rules of conduct explained by both Aristotle and Saint Thomas Aquinas:

Act slowly and deliberately when you need time to clarify issues before you act. Unless you already know a lot about the issue, you need time to learn and decide.

Act decisively and instantly when presented with an opportunity you’ve analyzed and have been waiting for. And act immediately when you’re asked to do something that violates your principles. Because deliberating can only bring dishonor to you, refuse in a nanosecond and make your position clear.

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