By Stuart Crainer and Des Dearlove
There is a stereotype of the CEO as thinker. The CEO withdraws into strategic seclusion and emerges with a compelling vision of the future and how to get there. The exemplar of this was Bill Gates who disappeared for ‘think weeks’ to consider Microsoft’s future. He reportedly sat in a cabin, and read and thought through trends, challenges and opportunities. It worked.
While not every leader has Bill Gates’ appetite for monastic seclusion and contemplation, a focus on the future is important. ‘The most successful leader of all is one who sees another . . .
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