Prosper With The New Corporate Facts Of Life

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives; nor the most intelligent that survives.  It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” - Charles Darwin

 

I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve recently signed a contract with AMACOM[i] to publish my forthcoming book about “the new corporate facts of life.”  History shows us that we periodically go through transformational phases in how we live and work.  My grandparents experienced this in the Industrial Era, while I rode the wave of the Information Age.  The past several years of research and countless interviews with leader of corporations, universities and NGOs confirms that we are once again on the precipice of catalytic change.  

 

Catalytic change occurs when driving forces conspire to transform how we work and live in fundamental and permanent ways.  Forward-looking leaders harness these new corporate facts of life to achieve spectacular results.   Mega forces such as disruptive innovation, globalization, environmental degradation, societal upheaval, economic uncertainty, stakeholder influence and population shifts converge to render conventional business rules obsolete. 

 

While these interdependent forces bring forth an uncertain future, they also raise opportunities for a new business model – one where shared value emerges.  Forward thinking leaders know that sustainable success comes from creating solutions that benefit not only the bottom line, but the world we live in. This book goes beyond merely presenting the case for embracing the new corporate facts of life by arming readers with practical models and tools that will help them seize and profit from the opportunities arising in this era of catalytic change. It shows readers exactly how they can redefine key aspects of their organizations to seize and profit from previously unimagined opportunities, build brand loyalty and engage their workforce. 

 

Please continue to send on interesting stories of businesses with sustainable, innovative business models and leaders with the courage to commit to finding ways to profit through shared value. 

 

My journey to explore this topic started during a graduate program at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) while learning about the emerging sustainable business model and researching the implications for strategy, culture and leadership.[ii]  The professors and classmates at CWRU provided the inspiration to integrate this new business model into my consulting practice, and to conduct research for this book.  I’m grateful to the many leaders who have shared their visions, challenges, successes and stories.  These include companies large and small, such as Coca-Cola Enterprises, Siemens, SAP, GE Energy, Levi Strauss, PVH, Ahold U.S.A., Novo Nordisk and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Clarke, DIRTT Environmental Solutions, IBT Holdings, Honest Teas and Interface as well as university and college presidents from GA Tech, Agnes Scott, Emory, College of the Atlantic and EAUC Scotland.  I’ve also benefitted from the wisdom of advocates and thought leaders such as Jim Thebaut, Anthony Cortese, Peter Senge and Daniel Denison.  There are many others to thank, and more who have agreed to be part of the book. 

 



[i] AMACOM is the publishing division of the American Management Association.

[ii] Case Western Reserve University’s Masters in Positive Organization Development and Change.

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I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve recently signed a contract with AMACOM to publish my forthcoming book about “the new corporate facts of life.” History shows us that we periodically go through transformational phases in how we live and work. My grandparents experienced this in the Industrial Era, while I rode the wave of the Information Age. The past several years of research and countless interviews with leader of corporations, universities and NGOs confirms that we are once again on the precipice of catalytic change.

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