When your coach or mentor encourages you to be more imaginative, you probably think they mean imagining what could be. But as a leader, you may get more mileage by imagining what already was.
I've been reading Ronald Heifetz' book The Practice of Adaptive Leadership. Great reading about the highest form of leadership – developing the capacity of the led to meet their own challenges. An admirable goal, and not always popular!
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I've just finished reading another good article about an innovator's need to open the mind. And as usual, the illustrations come from new product development and business strategy. Articles like these always make me wonder: Doesn't the other 95% of the business need to innovate, too?