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Big-Picture Thinking | Winter 2024 Issue

Most of the cutting-edge innovations we enjoy today are the result of big-picture thinking, which can be defined as ‘the ability to take a wide-angle view of any situation or initiative’ — to zoom out and see how things are interconnected. And this is an increasingly important capability for leaders. Rather than getting stuck ‘in the weeds,’ big-picture thinkers can imagine the far-reaching implications of a particular project or decision.


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Leadership today is permeated by paradoxes: leaders must hold and share power; generate short term and long-term results; provide stability and display adaptability; optimize data and use hard-earned intuition — to name a few....

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