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The mythic CEO of imagination is a person of action. He's always on the move, speaking to stakeholders, putting out fires, getting things done.
Undoubtedly, communicating, pinch-hitting, and driving execution are all very much in the scope of the chief executive's role. But there's also the solitary and sometimes grinding responsibility of simply sitting down to think, plan, and strategize. If that groundwork isn't deliberately laid, action—the CEO's, and her organization's—will be more reactive than intentional, driven by the past and present more than the future.