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The Opposable Mind

The Opposable Mind

How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking

by Roger Martin

This first flag does a great job of explaining the book’s concept…

pg 6 The leaders I have studied share at least one trait, aside from their talent for innovation and long-term business success. They have the predisposition and the capacity to hold two diametrically opposing ideas in their heads. And then, without panicking or simply settling or one alternative over the other, they’re able to produce a synthesis that is superior to either opposing idea. Integrative thinking is my term for this process – or more precisely this discipline of consideration and sythesis – that is the hallmark of exceptional businesses and the people who run them.

However – not fair! The concepts in this book are so powerful, and yet I wasn’t able to blog my flags. Here are the pages I flagged…

pg 6 Evolution provided…
pg 9 In business…
pg 13 “I’m not an either/or”…
pg 15 The ability to face…
pg 29 Whatever we decide (figure 2-1)
pg 44 Practice of… (figure 2-3)
pg 55 “We think that…”
pg 56 The integrative thinkers…
pg 58 Lafley entered…
pg 66 What made the…
pg 71 Like other integrative…
pg 75 For Graham, composition (Amanda’s note: insight for me)
pg 79 When designing a new (Amanda’s note: yikes!)
pg 81 Any situation has…
pg 82 Like Graham…
pg 83 Brown persuaded…
pg 91 By three methods…
pg 93 Stance: who you are…
pg 94 If the world’s problems…
pg 103 Figure 5-1
pg 111 Integrative thinkers are…
pg 114 Such meditations…
pg 115 Stance about the world…
pg 123 The point here…
pg 124 Opposing models…
pg 128 McEwen’s description…
pg 148 It’s not through handouts…
pg 150 Both MBA students…
pg 154 Tool for forming (Amanda’s note: me!)



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