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Leaders Make the Future, 2nd Edition by Robert Johansen

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3 Dilemma Flipping

Ability to turn dilemmas— which, unlike problems, cannot be solved— into advantages and opportunities.

The test of a first-rate intelligence is to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. One should … be able to see that things are hopeless yet be determined to make them otherwise. F. SCOTT FITZGERALD

HOLDING “TWO OPPOSING IDEAS” in mind will be even more important in the future than it was when Fitzgerald made this observation in 1936. In fact, there will sometimes be more than two opposing ideas—all of which have some validity.

The dilemmas of the future will be more grating, ...

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