The Long Game: Long-Term Thinking in a Short-Term World with Communication Coach Dorie Clark

by | Sep 7, 2022 | Podcast


Are you pushing yourself so hard and so fast that you don’t have time to think? Are you so busy getting through each day that you’re not planning for the long term?

Being caught in execution mode isn’t a bad thing. But you have to stop from time to time and ask yourself if what you’re doing is, in fact, the RIGHT thing. The thing that will get you closer to your long-term goals.

So, how do you make space in your calendar to consider the long game? How do you become a long-term thinker in a short-term world?

Dorie Clark was named the #1 Communication Coach at the Marshall Goldsmith Leading Global Coaches Awards and one of the Top 50 Business Thinkers in the World.

Dorie also teaches at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and Columbia Business School, and she is the bestselling author of several books, including The Long Game: How to Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-Term World.

On this episode of Workplace Forward, Dorie joins me to explore why it’s so challenging to commit to the long game and explain how to decide what’s worthy of the long game for you.

She discusses the confusion around being busy versus being important, challenging leaders to maximize our time and make space in the calendar for long-term thinking.

Listen in for Dorie’s insight on developing the clarity and character to achieve worthwhile long-term goals in your personal and professional life.

Themes explored in this week’s episode:

  • Why long-term thinking is more difficult now than it was 10 years ago
  • How to get clear about what’s worthy of the long game for you
  • Why it’s so challenging to commit to the long game (and what to do about it)
  • Dorie’s take on why we confuse being busy with being important
  • How to maximize your time to create open space for long-term thinking
  • What you can learn from conducting a detailed time tracking study
  • How Dorie applies the ‘hell yeah’ test to say no to good opportunities
  • Being intentional about company culture in a remote or hybrid work setting
  • What companies can do to promote diversity and tap into everyone’s full capacity
  • How to think about outsourcing anything that’s not your highest and best use
  • Recognizing good team members and understanding their long-term career goals
  • The #1 question leaders of the future need to ask themselves

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