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Book Review

Posted by B2W on November 12, 2008

Post by: Della Smith of QUAY Strategies

Book Review: The Opposable Mind – How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking

Rating: 3 Out of 5 Bridges

Roger Martin, Dean of the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto, was formerly a director of Monitor Company a global strategy consulting firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  He is a columnist at Business Week Online and a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review and the Financial Times.

I heard him speak at the recent Health Care Leaders Conference and was knocked out by the content.

He has studied brilliant leaders and presents their formula of thinking – integrative thinking.  People who try not to make either/or decisions.  Most of us have spent a lifetime inside rigid business thinking models that squelch innovative thinking like this.  Martin believes you can train people to think this way.

Martin works in the corporate arena.  I think he should help governments who are struggling with public demands and limited resources.

In our new integrative world, his book is more than timely. Most leadership books focus on what great leaders do, versus how they think.

His book is chock full of great case studies and definitely worth a read.

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