Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain World

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, May 7, 2012 - Business & Economics - 264 pages
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NEW EDITION, REVISED AND UPDATED We are in a time of accelerating disruptive change. In a VUCA world—one characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity—traditional leadership skills won’t be enough, noted futurist Bob Johansen argues. Drawing on the latest forecasts from the Institute for the Future—the first futures think tank ever to outlive its forecasts—this powerful book explores the external forces that are shaking the foundations of leadership and unveils ten critical new leadership skills. How adroit are you at dilemma flipping—turning problems that can’t be solved into opportunities? Can you develop bio-empathy—the ability to learn from and apply the principles of nature in your leadership? Are you able to practice immersive learning—dive into very different-from-you physical and online worlds and learn from them? Johansen provides role models, tools, and advice to help you develop these and seven other future leadership skills. In addition, Johansen deals with two new forces that are shaping the future. The first is the “digital natives”—people fifteen years and younger who have grown up in a digital world. The second is cloud-based supercomputing, which will enable extraordinarily rich new forms of connection, collaboration, and commerce. In this thoroughly updated and expanded second edition, Johansen is joined by the prestigious Center for Creative Leadership. CCL’s contributions help readers understand the new leadership skills by linking them to existing skills, and they provide analytics and exercises so readers can more fully develop these new skills.
 

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Contents

LISTENING FOR THE FUTURE
1
1 MAKER INSTINCT
27
2 CLARITY
42
3 DILEMMA FLIPPING
56
4 IMMERSIVE LEARNING ABILITY
75
5 BIOEMPATHY
95
6 CONSTRUCTIVE DEPOLARIZING
110
7 QUIET TRANSPARENCY
125
11 FUTURE IMMERSION FOR LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
182
12 LEARNING THE TEN FUTURE LEADERSHIP SKILLS YOURSELF
196
Notes
217
Bibliography
225
Acknowledgments
231
Index
235
About the Author
243
About IFTF
244

8 RAPID PROTOTYPING
139
9 SMARTMOB ORGANIZING
153
10 COMMONS CREATING
165
About CCL
245
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Bob Johansen has been helping organizations around the world prepare for and shape the future for more than thirty years. Currently a Distinguished Fellow with the Institute for the Future (IFTF), he was IFTF’s president from 1996 to 2004. His work has been influential to IFTF clients such as Procter & Gamble, Tesco, UPS, Disney, Hallmark, KnowledgeWorks Foundation, United Cerebral Palsy, and other leading organizations. He is the author or coauthor of seven previous books, including Get There Early: Sensing the Future to Compete in the Present.

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