When you become the leader of an organization, resist the temptation to make big, sweeping decisions before you're truly ready, says Richard R. Buery Jr., CEO of the Children's Aid Society. Take it slow and learn the lay of the land before trying to shake things up, Buery advises. "And if that means that you're taking more time to make changes, that's great because you're more likely to make good decisions," he says.

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