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Bridge Action Steps

So you want to practice your reflective actions?  Here are some suggestions from the author (for more check out pages 108-109):

  1. Treat time as a precious resource; spend your time doing only what you can.
  2. Minimize doing what others can do.
  3. Have a daily, weekly, monthly, yearly plan for accomplishing your goals.
  4. Design every action to a clear objective; leave no action open-ended.
  5. Continually clarify your values and examine the link between your values and your actions; see that your values and behavior are always aligned.
  6. Do not give in to taking the easy way out.
  7. Understand your weaknesses and work to improve them; understand your strengths and work to build on them.
  8. Schedule some play into your life (my favorite!)

Reference: Quinn, Robert E. (2004). Building the Bridge As You Walk On It: A Guide for Leading Change. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishing, Co.


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Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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