“The ability to pivot quickly, profoundly, and effectively might be the most important core competency for individuals and organizations to acquire who hope to prosper in the new economy. It’s no longer enough to change when you have to. Leaders must change before they have to, and they must enable their organization to surf the incoming global shockwave with intelligence, agility, strength, and command.”
Everything is in flux. This might be the understatement of the century. Technology, globalization, dramatic economic shifts, geopolitical earthquakes, and impactful business leaders over the last 30 years have initiated a continuous tidal wave of radical, discontinuous change in the business world that will increase exponentially in the future. Can businesses survive, even thrive, in this turbulent environment? Authors Kate Sweetman and Shane Cragun of the insightful Reinvention: Accelerating Results in the Age of Disruption answer with a forceful “yes” – if leaders look more positively and pro-actively at the global earthquakes that will impact all of us, and prepare their organizations and stakeholders to remove their current blindfolds and find ways to improve performance in these changing times.
Sweetman and Cragun emphasize the notion that succeeding in business in the future will take nothing less than reinvention, “where absolutely everything is on the table, and all assumptions are challenged in accelerated and quantum ways.”
The authors not only provide an intriguing situation analysis, they also adopt a problem-solution approach. Using examples, exercises and self-evaluation tools, Sweetman and Cragun provide a detailed roadmap that demonstrates how individuals and organizations can execute a reinvention plan, including assorted tools that can create breakthrough results, overcome resistance and inertia, and ensure that every change made focuses on the end goal.
The aspirations of the book are high by encouraging broad and extensive personal and organizational change. What makes it such an important read is that the insights are highly accessible and easy to read. A rare combination of analyzing the need for change and a specific guide for how to do so.
Any credit union who understands that their organizations’ future depends on their ability to adapt and remake the way they do business should pick up a copy of Reinvention.
“When they do, leaders and organizations can actually accelerate performance. When they don’t, they will no doubt begin down the path of irrelevance that ultimately leads to failure. It’s vital that leaders understand that success in the age of disruption requires significant shifts in world views, approaches, skills and behaviors.”