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Creativity that Lasts


Leadership guru Mel Toomey conducted careful studies of situations where extraordinary results had been achieved. He and his colleagues have developed a system called Generative Leadership, enabling leaders to transcend many of the obstacles inherent in complex situations, frequently with transformative results.

This article appeared in the Spring 2000 issue of Spirituality & Health. Getting things done is tough and getting tougher. Frustration and failure feel — and are — built into every new effort. But so is unprecedented success. What’s the difference? It’s called Generative Leadership… and it works because it values the uniqueness of each individual’s contribution. It’s seven o’clock on a Wednesday night. The setting is the town hall in a small New England village. You’ve been asked to chair a meeting of people representing various parts of the community. Over the years, your town has been subject to some unwieldy development, so the group is searching for ways to improve its architectural appeal in order to catch up with its prospering neighbors. Everyone is cordial and enthusiastic — at least to begin with. Soon, however, the vested interests in the room begin to make themselves felt. Someone breaks the tension with a creative suggestion — how about an architectural detail that could be incorporated into many future buildings to bring a feeling of unity to the town? …

Deirdre Taylor was the publisher of this magazine at its inception. She wrote about social philosopher and pollster Daniel Yankelovich in the preview issue.

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