What are the biggest obstacles to driving your company’s transformation? Too often, leaders think of the barriers purely in terms of technical or strategic issues. But Nathan Furr, INSEAD professor and world-renowned innovation expert, argues that the real problem has more to do with basic aspects of human psychology – fear, habit and lack of imagination.
In “Leading Transformation: How to Take Charge of Your Company’s Future” (HBR Press, November 2018), Furr and co-authors Kyle Nel and Thomas Zoëga Ramsøy identify the inherent challenges of driving transformation and set out a three-step framework for overcoming them. The result is a book that will change business leaders’ perspectives on innovation and equip them with the tools they need to take their organizations to the next level.
Furr and his co-authors also outline practical goals for overcoming inertia. Drawing on examples from successfully innovative companies like Lowe’s, Walmart, Ikea and Google, they explore methods as diverse as reading science fiction, writing rap music and drawing cartoons to unlock the creative potential of those who have difficulty seeing beyond the present.
An instrumental guide for leaders in organizations of all types across multiple industries, “Leading Transformation” answers the central question on the minds of anyone trying to navigate the 21st century: in a world of uncertainty, how can I stay ahead of the curve? According to Furr, the solution is to imagine what could be around the bend.