If you want to be as successful as Jack Welch, Larry Bossidy, or Michael Dell, read their autobiographical advice books, right? Wrong, says Roger Martin in The Opposable Mind
. Though following best practice can help in some ways, it also poses a danger: By emulating what a great leader did in a particular situation, you'll likely be terribly disappointed with your own results. Why? Your situation is different.
Instead of focusing on what exceptional leaders do, we need to understand and emulate how they think. Successful businesspeople engage in what Martin calls integrative thinking
creatively resolving the tension in opposing models by forming entirely new and superior ones. Drawing on stories of leaders as diverse as AG Lafley of Procter & Gamble, Meg Whitman of eBay, Victoria Hale of the Institute for One World Health, and Nandan Nilekani of Infosys, Martin shows how integrative thinkers are relentlessly diagnosing and synthesizing by asking probing questions including: What are the causal relationships at work here? and What are the implied trade-offs?
Martin also presents a model for strengthening your integrative thinking skills by drawing on different kinds of knowledge including conceptual and experiential knowledge.
Integrative thinking can be learned, and The Opposable Mind
helps you master this vital skill.
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Posted September 1, 2017, 10:45 AM with category of Publishing Industry
These are just 20 of the many promising books being released in September that we'll be taking a closer look at.
JACK COVERT SELECTS: Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works
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Roger L. Martin & Sally R. Osberg define and document the growing field of social entrepreneurship.
JACK COVERT SELECTS: Well-Designed: How to Use Empathy to Create Products People Love
Posted November 14, 2014, 12:02 PM with category of Innovation & Creativity
There’s a difference between designing products with your customer in mind and designing products born from thoughtfully developed empathy with your customer.
STAFF PICKS: Fixing the Game
Posted May 17, 2011, 3:38 PM with category of Management & Workplace Culture
With the NFL owners and players union currently in court over the lockout, it might seem like an odd time to use the NFL as an example for how to run anything. But current labor disputes aside, the NFL is by far the most successful business operating in sport today—it must be doing something right. And Roger L.