Why the president doesn't pick his own sandwiches

09/20/2012 | Harvard Business Review online

President Barack Obama only wears gray or blue suits and lets other people pick his lunch menu, in a bid to cut down on cognitive clutter and focus his attention on the decisions that really matter. That's a strategy other leaders should adopt, streamlining their lives to hoard their cognitive resources, writes Robert C. Pozen. "Making too many decisions about mundane details is a waste of a limited resource: your mental energy," he writes.

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