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Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain World Hardcover – May 7, 2012
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About the Author
Bob Johansen consults with senior executives- CEOs, presidents, directors on innovation, and others across a wide range of industries He was president and CEO of the Institute for the Future from 1996 to 2004 and remains on its Board and Leadership Team. The Institute for the Future (IFTF), spun off from the Rand Corporation in 1968, is an independent nonprofit think tank in Silicon Valley that has been doing ten-year forecasting for more than 30 years.
The Center for Creative Leadership is a top-ranked, global provider of executive education. Founded in 1970, it annually serves more than 20,000 individuals and 2,000 organizations including more than 80 of the Fortune 100 companies across the public, private, nonprofit and education sectors.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is mainly attempts to persuade based on reasonability and examples rather than marshaling arguments with evidence for its points. When I evaluated the evidence for a) the main forces of change in the future and b) the best skills for leaders to develop to work well within the challenges our future presents it seems pretty weak.
While I appreciate the book's ability to provoke forethought of what leaders need to do now to prepare for leading in the future, I also see a dearth of evidence that the proposed skill sets are the best way to flourish in the future.
The future my be fraught with more VUCA and the skill sets outlined may be the best approach to flourishing in a VUCA world, the lack of evidence that this is the case limits the impetus for implementing focus and programs around the skill sets described. At this point, companies serious about preparing their leadership team for the future would be well served by seeking more data for what works or diving into what is working well for similar companies (or companies similar to where the want to be) and pursuing those. It may be that IFF or other organizations also have more data to substantiate the ideas presented here.
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Unlike other leadership, and business, books. This book is well written. It does not make the reader feel like an idiot, and it covers many different topics. Leaders will need to excel in a changing world, and this book will help them.
Cheryl Alexander Stearns www.cherylalexander.com
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thought provoking and we'll reasoned. A little tough to read at times, but worth getting throughPublished 11 months ago by JEFFREY M ZELLEN
This is an excellent read! It was recommended as part of a Leadership Development program, and was very insightful.Published 20 months ago by Diane W.
I love the simple presentation of key concepts.
The map of the future on the inside of the cover is awesome! So worthwhile.
Eye-opening read. The examples on which the author drew were somewhat inconclusive, however the precepts they illustrated will surely prove invaluable to any leader setting out to... Read morePublished on November 17, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Excellent reference for futurists! I use this in my strategic planning and scenario planning work with architects and engineers. Read morePublished on November 4, 2013 by Rodney C. Hoffman