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Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain World (BK Business) Hardcover – May 1, 2009
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1) Maker instinct (leaders approach their leadership with commitment of a job and energy of a passionate hobby)
2) Clarity (leaders being clear about what they are making but flexible about how it gets made)
3) Dilemma Flipping (turning problems that can't be solved into opportunities)
4) Immersive Learning (learning by doing)
5) Bio-empathy (understand, respect and learn from nature)
6) Constructive depolarization (calming tense situations and bringing people from divergent cultures towards constructive engagement)
7) Quiet transparency (ability to be open and authentic about what matters to you without self-promotion)
8) Rapid Prototyping (ability to create early versions of innovations)
9) Smart mob organizing (creating, engaging and nurturing social networks)
10)Commons creating (stimulate, grow and nurture shared assets that can benefit other players)
While the preface and introduction had me looking forward to reading on, I found getting through the book challenging. The author does an effective job in explaining the "what" and the "why" but not the "how." He uses a patch work of lightly connected examples throughout the book...rather than bringing color to the leadership skill, the examples often tended to be a distraction.
Johansen concludes with a solid recap - questions you may ask yourself in evaluating your level of competence for the new leadership skills along with a self-assessment rating system. Unfortunately, getting from the introduction to chapter 10 takes some doing.
Author provides the following three basic assumptions about our world and bases the new skills around them:
1. The VUCA world of volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity will get worse in future.
2. The VUCA world wlll have both danger and opportunity.
3. Leaders must learn new skills in order to make a new future.
In his Introduction, he tells us about the forces of future which will shape the future. There is also a "forecast Map" in the inside flap whic links the new leadership skills with these forces of future. It is a nice visual to learn & understand these new dynamics.
Each chapter then is devoted to these new skills with everyday examples, definitions, and examples from companies. I won't delineate these skills separately, as other reviews here have covered them.
Overall, it is a recommended read.
Making The Future Will Require New Leadership Skills; Maker Instinct; Clarity; Dilemma Flipping; Immersive Learning Ability; Bio-empathy; Constructive Depolarizing; Quiet Transparency; Rapid Prototyping; Smart Mob Organizing; Commons Creating; Readying Yourself For The Future; Appendix; Notes; Bibliography; Acknowledgments; Index; About the Author; About IFTF
Overall, there was material for thought here, but it seemed to lack a cohesive thread to tie it all together. In addition, some of the items can not have a known outcome when you make your move. Therefore you can only judge after the fact, and then you add the element of hindsight to make it appear obvious. For instance, "urgent patience" is the ability to judge when to add new challenges and when to counsel steady persistence. Sounds great, but everyone will draw that line differently. Some will fail and some will succeed, even with the same level of (or lack of) information going into the situation. Even the same person might both fail and succeed in various instances. I find it unlikely that it's possible to have an excellent track record on that front given the increasing levels of VUCA in today's world.Read more ›
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I am always interested in reading business books but this one is hard to read. Wish it weren't. Although the author has great subject matter, it needs to be a faster read. Read morePublished on August 18, 2012 by Debra A Chong
I work 11 hours a day, so when I seek out business advice, I look for concise, intelligent ideas. This book read like a doctoral thesis and had few applicable points. Read morePublished on June 12, 2012 by Jack C
I've read probably hundreds of books on leadership and management now and you come to expect that many of them will cover common ground. That's OK. Read morePublished on March 19, 2011 by Lisa Shea
I really enjoyed this book. The author has brought together a lot of useful concepts and some great thoughts. Read morePublished on December 16, 2010 by Amazon Customer
What do you do when, metaphorically, the ground starts to shift beneath your feet, placing you and your organization in possible jeopardy? Read morePublished on August 23, 2010 by Rolf Dobelli
Not really anything ground breaking and a fairly hard book to slog through for me.
Specifically, I found the attempt to frame the book as a 'future' book a bit silly and... Read more
While there is not really much new in this book as far as leadership goes, Johansen does put the material in terms which may be more accessible to many. Read morePublished on November 16, 2009 by Cooljonnorris
There are multitudes of books written on leadership and many of those recent books have focused on charting the uncertain territory of present times when the stocks have dipped and... Read morePublished on October 15, 2009 by ZenWoman
While not groundbreaking, Johansen's focus on core philosophies as opposed to activities offers true value for the reader if they can turn theory into reality. Read morePublished on September 26, 2009 by Shane O. Laake