I am writing a paragraph describing qualities of a successful manager. I want to use a word (noun) for the "ability of not being stuck in the past/letting things go/moving ahead with no baggage from the past".

Do you know of a word that could be used in this scenario? Thanks!

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    The watchword of the pragmatist is "We are where we are" (so let's move forward from here, and not waste time thinking about where we could have been now if we'd done things differently in the past). Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 20:09
  • Innovative....?
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    Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 20:55

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"enterprising" should fit.

enterprising (adj) having or showing the ability or desire to do new and difficult things, marked by an independent energetic spirit and by readiness to act. Merriam-Webster

enterprising (adj) ready to embark on new ventures; full of boldness and initiative. TFD

  • "As an enterprising young reporter, she covered many important stories."
  • "The company is claiming that there will be huge financial rewards for enterprising sales representatives"
  • "Young Jimmy has an enterprising spirit. He has just opened a lemonade stand."

The adjective proactive.

Collins says

tending to initiate change rather than reacting to events



Not having any burden or impediment.

Ex: he needed to travel light and unencumbered. http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/unencumbered


Forward-thinking - defined by Google as favoring innovation and development; progressive.

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