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I agree with your leadership model, the challenge for some of us in large corporations that are more traditional is to be able to produce results good enough and quickly enough to get the long-term support to sustain it.

Great post Diego.

Diego,
I easily follow much of your line of thinking because I have worked for such a leader. The question for me is how do we move the masses of "managers" who have (or will) cut their teeth on industrial age models to this new way of working. About the only thing I am sure of is that education holds the key (and not industrial age models of leadership development).

I am working on ideas of a creative ecology (with my next book 'Creative Ecologies: Where Thinking is a Proper Job', out in March). Three key principles: everyone is creative; creativity needs freedom; freedom needs markets (that's markets in the global sense, not the American sense, and includes what Americans call non-market social networks). The third principle has four factors: diversity, change, learning and adaptation. So, I agree with what you say. But I think this is a global topic (most/all of your examples come from the US?). and I now spend half my time in China. To generalise about these things we have to understand how creativity/innovation operate in Asia as well as US and Europe, Africa, etc, especially in the networked minds of young people. For example, compare GM/Chrysler/Ford wth SAIC.... Would be glad to discuss this further with you. John

Hi Diego,

I'm a new reader and will definitely be sticking around. I recently graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and have moved on to study law. In just over two years I will be starting at the bottom of one career chain or another. Can you please share your insight on how to "lead" creativity before even being in a position to "manage" it?

Best wishes,
Michael Alexis

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