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Quite simply, cognition refers to thinking. There are the obvious applications of conscious reasoning—doing taxes, playing chess, deconstructing Macbeth—but thought takes many subtler forms, such as interpreting sensory input, guiding physical actions, and empathizing with others.
As leadership expert Warren Bennis once stated, "leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality." Great leaders possess dazzling social intelligence, a zest for change, and above all, a vision that allows them to set their sights on the things that truly merit attention.
We spend many of our waking hours at work, so we better love what we do. Herein, how can you work more joyfully, not to mention more intelligently and quickly? Finding your creative flow and sparking innovative juices are important, as is pulling together in team spirit.