Silver Lining: An Innovation Playbook for Uncertain Times
By Scott D. Anthony R 389.00
Experts agree: The turbulence triggered by the economic shock of 2008 constitutes the "new normal." Unfortunately, too many managers have become paralyzed by it, capable only of slashing costs indiscriminately. Though examining spending during recessions makes sense, the smartest executives do much more. As Scott Anthony reveals in The Silver Lining, these leaders continue innovating-by stopping ineffective initiatives, changing key business processes, and starting more productive behaviors. Result? Their companies emerge from downturns stronger than ever. Providing a wealth of ideas, tools, and examples from diverse industries, Anthony explains how to safeguard your company's profitability during even the toughest recessions. You'll discover how to: -Prune your innovation and business portfolio to liberate resources for more promising initiatives -Adopt a radical new market-segmentation scheme that helps you re-feature your offerings to reduce costs while delivering new value to customers -Reinvent your innovation process to drive fresh growth -Mitigate innovation risks by conducting strategic experiments and forging alliances with customers and other external entities -Appeal to increasingly value-conscious customers to fend off low-cost attackers In today's brutal economic climate, executives must pare costs to the bone while planting and nurturing seeds for tomorrow's growth. The Silver Lining explains how to master this seemingly impossible challenge.
Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization
By Robert Kegan, Lisa Laskow Lahey R435.00
A recent study showed that when doctors tell heart patients they will die if they don't change their habits, only one in seven will be able to follow through successfully. Desire and motivation aren't enough: even when it's literally a matter of life or death, the ability to change remains maddeningly elusive. Given that the status quo is so potent, how can we change ourselves and our organizations? In Immunity to Change, authors Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey show how our individual beliefs--along with the collective mind-sets in our organizations--combine to create a natural but powerful immunity to change. By revealing how this mechanism holds us back, Kegan and Lahey give us the keys to unlock our potential and finally move forward. And by pinpointing and uprooting our own immunities to change, we can bring our organizations forward with us. This persuasive and practical book, filled with hands-on diagnostics and compelling case studies, delivers the tools you need to overcome the forces of inertia and transform your life and your work.
Leading in Times of Crisis: Navigating Through Complexity, Diversity and Uncertainty to Save Your Business
By David L. Dotlich, Peter C. Cairo, Stephen H. Rhinesmith R439.00
Leaders today are grappling with complex choices, diverse customers and employees, and unprecedented uncertainty in the economic environment. Business models are becoming obsolete, cost and performance pressures are growing, regulatory requirements are changing, and trust in institutions is declining. Tackling these and other growing demands requires every leader to radically rethink what constitutes effective leadership.
Leading in Times of Crisis presents a new approach and concrete steps to compete in this complex, diverse, and uncertain marketplace. Drawing on compelling research and more than twenty interviews with CEOs and top – level executives, former executives and professors David Dotlich, Peter Cairo, and Stephen Rhinesmith highlight the growing urgency to evolve from a traditional, one – dimensional leadership model to what they term “whole leadership”. Whole leadership allows leaders to act in three ways that are important now but absolutely essential to their business in the future.
In an accessible, no – nonsense style, the authors provide new and experienced leaders with specific action steps for facing difficult choices, engaging diverse customers and employees, and acting in face of uncertainty to deliver results and move companies forward in a turbulent, demanding, and resource – constrained world.