U.S. Army South commander Maj. Gen. William Thigpen signs a document at his headquarters in San Antonio. (Credit: U.S. Army/Master Sgt. Alex Ramos)

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  • If you are a leader in any organization, you will be asked on a regular basis to sign a variety of documents, and it is essential to balance speed with a number of other considerations. We all have worked, or will work, for someone who agonizes over every aspect of a document. It is especially...

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