Effective 21st century business leaders are mindful, strategic, introspective and not afraid to continually question their purpose.

My recent piece, Senior Leadership Must Change Its Tune, outlined focus areas that senior leaders must work on in order to build successful practices in this year. As senior leaders work on adapting to complex dynamics that makeup 21st century business issues, they must also work on themselves as individuals in order to solve the challenges they face. In order to increase productivity and capabilities in 2013, there are three areas of focus:

Limits of Automation

As individuals, we've reached our limits of automation as the demands in our lives have finally outplace paced our (human) capacity to deliver upon all of them. To find the best information, trends and ideas that are at the core of disruption and change, we need to bring back human editing. As beautiful as data may be, it will never replace thinking.

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