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The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking

byRoger L. Martin

Paperback | July 13, 2009

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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 inThe 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 callsintegrative thinkingcreatively 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, andThe Opposable Mindhelps you master this vital skill.
Roger Martin is dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and a professor of strategic management at Rotman. Formerly, he was a director of Monitor Company, a global strategy consultancy based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has authored numerous articles for leading business publications includingHarvard Bus...
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Title:The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative ThinkingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.7 inPublished:July 13, 2009Publisher:Harvard Business Review PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1422139778

ISBN - 13:9781422139776

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