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Five for Friday: Imaginative Leadership

Five for Friday: Imaginative Leadership

  Effective leadership depends on a combination of commonly cited skills and characteristics, like trustworthiness, empathy, and great communication. But perhaps the most overlooked trait that great leaders possess is a strong sense of imagination. Imaginative leaders are able to approach unforeseen problems with creative solutions, find innovative ways to lead and develop teams, recognize talent in unexpected places, and can visualize what their organization might face far into the future. The articles in this week’s Five for Friday are all about imaginative leadership: what it entails, how it benefits teams and organizations, and why it’s a must-have ingredient for...

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7 Principles to Lead with Imagination

7 Principles to Lead with Imagination

  7 Principles to Lead with Imagination Brian Paradis was the Chief Financial Officer for Florida Hospital when he was tasked with leading the troubled organization in 2006. Plagued with doubt and inexperience, he records his journey in Lead with Imagination, to turn the enterprise around. Lead with Imagination he writes is about “how to lead and how to do it with imagination. It is first about how to be, about character, before checklists and a list of to-dos.” It’s about “how to release yourself and those you lead from the constraints of the mind’s own making and those of...

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Three Questions to Help You Succeed at Your New Job You May Not Know You Have

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Three Questions to Help You Succeed at Your New Job You May Not Know You Have

Are you in a new job and don’t know it? (This is no April Fool’s joke.) When the pandemic disrupted almost everything that we considered “normal” we all got new jobs. Some of us have new jobs in the same company, some trying to navigate a new economy, and still others are reinventing their small businesses. Whatever your personal version of the story is – you have a new job. New jobs require new thinking and new questions. The three I’ve found most helpful are: 1. What do I need to stop doing? It’s a painful question to answer and may...

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Do Character and Competence Still Matter?

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Do Character and Competence Still Matter?

It has been a little while since a group of citizens stormed our Capitol Building. In the aftermath, I have wondered if leadership has come down to the loudest and simplest sound bite. I have asked myself if the character and competence of leaders still matters. I believe the answer is yes. In fact, I think it matters now, more than ever, and the evidence goes way back. Perhaps to around 400 BC, when Cyrus brought an army more than a thousand miles, from Greece to Persia, in an effort to usurp his brother, Artaxerxes II. During the battle between brothers,...

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Answering Yes to These 5 Questions Means Your Leadership Skills Are Better Than You Think

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Answering Yes to These 5 Questions Means Your Leadership Skills Are Better Than You Think

Five simple questions to evaluate where you stand as a leader.

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