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Touching the Heart and Imagination

Artists rely on their ability to challenge our understanding of everyday reality. They put metaphors, sensuous details, rhythm and beauty in front of us and ask us to make sense of a new view of our world. Like artists, leaders inspire by using the power of language and images to create their world view. However, much of the writing on leadership is based on two areas of focus: the military and religion. They shape our images, words and metaphors. For example, we talk about strategic planning, about vision and mission. Although our references to military and religious worlds are not made consciously, they create a context for thinking and feeling about leadership. Continue reading

Beauty, Vision and Leadership

In the last newsletter, I suggested that the artist and beauty have more in common with leadership than one might think. I would like to follow up those ideas with several quotations from artist about their vision of their work – and how it develops. I would like to acknowledge Jose Herrero of Fluor Canada Ltd. who shared these quotations with me. Continue reading