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As you look back over the past few years, can you identify critical projects that you thought about but never started? Can you justify your inaction through lack of time or uncooperative colleagues?

If so, you may have caved in to a simple lack of willpower, which two authors of a new book identify as a common leadership problem.

Willpower means moving the “should do” items to the top of your to-do list, scheduling them, assigning resources to them and doing whatever else it takes to move them ahead.

— Adapted from A Bias for Action: How Effective Managers Harness Their Willpower, Achieve Results and Stop Wasting Time, Heike Bruch and Sumantra Ghosal, Harvard Business School Press.

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