He makes incredible comparisons based on the importance of the “depressive realism” and the creativity of the mentally ill, or mentally abnormal figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ted Turner, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi, William Tecumseh Sherman, Richard Nixon, Martin Luther King, Jr., to the lack luster leadership of “mentally normal” men such as Neville Chamberlain, George W. Bush, and Tony Blair.
So maybe people call upon me to solve problems because I’m mentally ill? If Nassir Ghaemi’s thesis is correct, then I am the man you need in time of crisis. I am not the man you need to help with the “status quo.” Let me know if you need a little powerful creative vision to help you lead the lifestyle that you dream about.
I LOVE PROBLEM SOLVING! SEND ME YOUR PROBLEMS! I WILL DO MY BEST TO GIVE YOU POWERFUL CREATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVING SOLUTIONS.
Successful problem solving for me comes from gathering all the data, interviewing all the personalities involved, reviewing competition, prayer, figuring out what is working and what is not working, then stepping "out of the box" from a safe, linear or even logical thinking pattern. My partners say many times my approach is opposite of what convention that leads to success dictates. Some call this “paradoxical thinking.” I call it having fun staring a problem in the eye until it shrinks down to the size of an ant.
Recently, I learned something about myself that might be a little scary ... Nassir Ghaemi, in his terrific book, “A First-Rate Madness” offers a myth-shattering exploration of the powerful connection between mood illness (depression and bipolar disorder) and leadership. As the esteemed Director of the Mood Disorders Program at Tufts Medical Center, Ghaemi sets forth a controversial yet compelling thesis: The very qualities that mark those with mood disorders – creativity, resilience, empathy, and realism – also make for the best leaders in times of crisis.