Ambition is about setting ever-higher goals and being motivated to achieve those goals. We lead with ambition when we pursue worthy and impressive goals that inspire other people to want to join in the pursuit, or to set more ambitious goals themselves.
This document contains stories of people being ambitious and of failing to be ambitious. (The titles next to people’s names are their titles at the time the story occurred and may not be their title currently.) Discussing diverse situations in which people failed or succeeded to live up to their values often helps people to recognize and act on other opportunities when they arise. By discussing these stories in meetings, on teams, over internet or intranet forums, or in classrooms, groups can come up with ideas for leading with exceptional ambition, learn each other’s perspectives, work through disagreements, and generate ideas. The teaching note is included.Problem Solving versus Purpose Finding Slides
These slides enable a person to lead people through a discussion on how to think in terms of purpose rather than problems, as defined by Robert Fritz in his classic book, The Path of Least Resistance, as well as in chapters 3 and 4 of Lift: The Fundamental State of Leadership. They provide a number of vignettes for discussion. If you would like to receive the accompanying teaching note, please contact us at CPL@louisville.edu.
Benefit of Creativity
When people lead with ambition, they get clear on what they really want. They treat impossibility as a hypothesis rather than an assumption. They broaden their perspective.
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