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Effective Executive Magazine:
The Any Person Mindset: The Illusion of Control
 
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For the past 20 years, I have been an advisor to executives and entrepreneurs.

Many times, I have heard comments from my clients about wanting greater authority and control. “If I just started up my own business, I would be able to build the culture the way I want it to be and could make decisions and get the results I want.”
Many times, the person does get more authority, and then he or she explains to me that it is not as easy to get things done and achieve the desired results as he or she thought it was going to be originally.

   
Here is the great irony I have learned in 20 years of working with senior-level executives and entrepreneurs. They do not really control all that much. Their success depends enormously on the decisions and behaviors of other people, specifically the people who are responsible for doing specific tasks in the organization.
You cannot control those people. They are not robots. They are humans. The key is to focus on trying to influence how they think so that they make decisions that improve results in a sustainable way. That is leadership. That is the one thing you can provide. It does not mean that other people will always do exactly what you want them to do, the way you want them to do it, but it is the one ability you can develop and deliver that might improve results in a sustainable way.
 
 
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