How a Four Star General Handles Stress

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With General Petraeus at KKR headquarters in NYC
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1. When your boss is the President

In the Oval Office with President Obama discussing my assignment in Afghanistan, I felt it was very important for him to know who he was getting:

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2. Making decisions under extreme pressure

To be truly effective under these circumstances, everyone should take the time to develop a philosophy of strategic leadership, in particular of how to get the big ideas, then how to communicate them effectively to the breadth and depth of the organization, and closely oversee their implementation.

3. Everyone has a limit

Part of the problem, and this was true in Iraq but it’s also true in the C suite— you deal with intractable problems day in, day out, and you have few peers that really understand your pressures.

Author bio

Jeff Cunningham is a global leadership advocate, which he calls the most valuable natural resource in the world

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Producer of Extraordinary Lives 2019 @TellyAwards for documentaries @ IconicVoices.tv; Author of Be Somebody @ jeffcunningham.com; ex-publisher @Forbes

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