How would it feel to discover the secret to sustained success?
A way to deliver long term positive results in your own career, in your organisation even for a country or a whole society?
A way to energise, inspire and motivate yourself and others to bring the very best version of themselves to work every day.
A way to feel empowered and adaptable about the future.
A way to protect your job, organisation or society from future harm.
These are big claims, but this is what we have been working on and what we hope “Stealing from the Future, and how you can stop it” explains how to do.
I have just been putting the finishing touches to the book that I have co authored with my business partner in Holos, Mark Thompson. We are both very excited by it.
The book is both quite different and builds on the themes of my previous books. Different, in that it shares some of what I have learned in the 11 years since my last book and adds Mark’s tremendous knowledge and insight as well. Similar, in that the fundamental conclusion is that authenticity is a big part of what we need both individually and collectively.
Over those 11 years both Mark and I have worked with literally tens of thousands of leaders in dozens of companies all over the world. We have coached, done team building, run strategy sessions, helped good teams become great, helped dysfunctional teams and organisations improve, worked with great leaders and highly stressed leaders, lectured at universities, given keynotes at conferences and more.
In every single one of those interactions we have learned. What we have learned is how leadership and culture really work and how they enable or constrain change. It has been an 11 year study in leadership and this new book is our thesis.
The book is called “Stealing From the Future, and how you can stop it”.
Stealing from the future refers to a very common style of leadership, throughout human history, that generates results now by doing things that push the cost into the future, whether by a few hours or days or by months or years. The book argues that what we need is a leadership style that prioritises sustained success over stealing from the future.
At a minimum stealing from the future creates a cultural cost for the individuals working on it, it also leads to boom and bust for teams, business and whole economies. On the grandest scale it has lead to climate change.
The book reaches far beyond the normal business book space and ends up as a study on where we are as a species, the challenges and opportunities we face and what we can do about them both individually and collectively. The book shares all that we have learned about how leadership and culture work and how every single one of us can be a better and more authentic leader and how that makes a difference to our own lives and to those around us.
As well as discussing the philosophical aspects of the challenge the book is also practical, explaining the connections between performance, culture and leadership and how any of us can lead, from wherever we are in an organisation, how we can influence both culture and performance.
Centrally it explains how we can deliver sustained success, without stealing from the future.
The book will be published in September by Holos and will be available through Amazon both in print and as an e-book and from the Apple iBook store as an e-book. We hope to expand the availability later.
Holos helps make change easy. We help organisations develop their leaders, map out and deliver the changes required to achieve sustained success even in a highly disrupted environment.
At Holos we have been studying change leadership and leadership training in the crucible of reality for years. We know what great leadership looks like and we know the journey to achieve it. We have developed a suite of diagnostic tools to understand where companies and teams are on this journey and how to take them from there to sustained success.
Holos has a wealth of specialist leadership and culture coaches and consultants with decades of experience working with a huge variety of leaders. Holos can help you or your organisation to upgrade it’s leadership to flourish even in a challenging business environment.
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