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John Adair's 100 Greatest Ideas for Smart Decision Making by John Adair

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Idea 77: Imagination in perspective

Imagination should not be promoted to top place in the hierarchy of thinking abilities. It should be a team player, not the captain. It is the vanguard, the advance scouting party, of thinking. The specific role of imagination is to lead us into innovating, inventing, creating, exploring, risk taking and adventuring.

The leader who knowingly ventures off or beyond the beaten track, the path of well-trodden expectations, is showing some degree of imagination. Their business ventures may turn out to be fruitless, random or crazy, nevertheless. For leaders who dream, dreams may be pathfinders, but they may also lead to the bankruptcy courts. Of those who depart from well-established ways only a few are explorers. ...

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