Thinking about thinking

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I just published an article by Kevin Dwyer on Leadership and Thinking. I’m always glad to see articles and books that stand up for the value of using reason and intellect to guide solid business decisions and actions.

I’ve seen so many people who have the heartfelt belief that leadership is only about action. The seem to think that they’ve paid their “thinking dues” and by virtue of experience and intuition they know the right action. They have arrived at their leadership positions either by promotions through rank or by natural charm and persuasion. They don’t want to hear the thinking or reasoning behind the advice they’re given, they just want to trust their underlings — or consultants — to do the hard work of research and come up with a plan that sounds good. They want to stand out in front and “lead” their people to fabulous profits, or crushing the competition or whatever glorious end they have in mind. If it goes well, they get the credit. If it goes badly, it’s the fault of everyone else. Who advised them badly.

Hello — you can’t outsource thinking.