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CEOs are Designers

What is the mindset of a CEO and how can  he/she be the shepard of the future of the organization?

Keith Yamashita describes it wonderfully in his interview below and I completly subscribe it:

“Managers are defined by the knowledge they know: Leaders are defined by the questions they are willing to ask. Great leadership is about exploring things, exploring areas you don’t know; Great companies depend on being constantly curious about things you don’t know and being willing to challenge status quo. what it is interesting about what we do as a living, what great designer and great ceos have in common,  is that you have to inquired about the status quo,  push things, and this requires that you think: thinkings is the greatest gift we have but as leaders we  use so little in our day to day, because the pace of the world has become so quick, so fast, that it is devalued what thinking is about.
[…]We are about reconnecting people to the thoughtful work of who are you (as a company) , what is you indream character and how  you need to to live up to that character to be a great company?.
[…]One thing I’ve been exploring is the relationship between great CEOS and great designers: It turns out that CEOS are the best DESIGNERS. What do I mean by that?

The profile of a great CEO and a great DESIGNER are almost identical.

[…]CEOS have to deal with ambiguity, change a path forward, help imaging something it doesn´t exist, and yet, they need to be grounded in reality and take things step by step. If you look at this 5 traits, the job of the CEOS and the job of the designers is almost identical.
[…]When you pair a CEOS with a designer, what they can do together, very few other pairs can do.
[…]Design thinking, as a great term, it is a very  human act: Imagining something that doesn’t exist yet and using the power of design to ensable all the thing and all resources you need to make it a reality.
[…]When finding that great design is equal parts courage, equal parts challenging the status quo, and equal parts imagination, and when you get these 3 parts right as a leader is when you make remarcable things  in this planet”

View complete video here: https://youtu.be/Eb9ELj8VMGU