If your team seems paralyzed by the sheer number of variables your company faces, maybe the problem is you. Take some of the pressure off, advises Columbia Business School professor Rita McGrath, by making key assumptions so they can become more productive. "What I see going on in many organizations today is that instead of absorbing uncertainty for their people, leaders are letting their own feelings of being out of control and not being able to predict the future dominate their communications," she says.

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