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Managers as visionaries: a skill that can be learned

Managers as visionaries: a skill that can be learned Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate whether visionary management be learned. Design/methodology/approach – The author, an experienced futurist, asks and answers the question, “Can visionary management be learned?“ Findings – The paper finds that new research suggests that managers can develop skills associated with successful visionaries. Practical implications – One particularly important aspect of visionary management is the use of intuition, which experts describe as unconscious pattern recognition. The pattern recognition of trends for futurists and visionaries needs to be based on high quality information and disciplined imagination. An excellent approach to pattern recognition is the use of scenarios for anticipating and planning for the future. Scenarios prepared according to best practices share certain characteristics that provide high quality information and disciplined imagination. Originality/value – The scenario method certainly can be learned by managers to the extent that they include information and pattern recognition within a prescribed rigor, scenarios are a viable way to teach intuitional skills to managers. These skills of intuition expand the manager's capability to become visionary. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Strategy & Leadership Emerald Publishing

Managers as visionaries: a skill that can be learned

Strategy & Leadership , Volume 39 (5): 3 – Sep 6, 2011

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1087-8572
DOI
10.1108/10878571111161534
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate whether visionary management be learned. Design/methodology/approach – The author, an experienced futurist, asks and answers the question, “Can visionary management be learned?“ Findings – The paper finds that new research suggests that managers can develop skills associated with successful visionaries. Practical implications – One particularly important aspect of visionary management is the use of intuition, which experts describe as unconscious pattern recognition. The pattern recognition of trends for futurists and visionaries needs to be based on high quality information and disciplined imagination. An excellent approach to pattern recognition is the use of scenarios for anticipating and planning for the future. Scenarios prepared according to best practices share certain characteristics that provide high quality information and disciplined imagination. Originality/value – The scenario method certainly can be learned by managers to the extent that they include information and pattern recognition within a prescribed rigor, scenarios are a viable way to teach intuitional skills to managers. These skills of intuition expand the manager's capability to become visionary.

Journal

Strategy & LeadershipEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 6, 2011

Keywords: Leadership; Product development; Planning; Futuring; Visionary management; Management intuition; Pattern recognition; Scenarios

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