• The New Leadership Literacies

  • Thriving in a Future of Extreme Disruption and Distributed Everything
  • By: Bob Johansen
  • Narrated by: James Gillies
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (73 ratings)

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By: Bob Johansen
Narrated by: James Gillies
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A rapid and massively disruptive shift from centralized to distributed organizations has already begun. But current leadership practices were designed for large centralized organizations, making them increasingly obsolete. Bob Johansen, who has been projecting future trends from Silicon Valley since 1968, outlines five literacies leaders need to develop to cope with this brave new world.

Johansen says leaders need the literacy of projecting themselves into the future and "looking backwards" to make sure they are preparing for potential new developments. They have to cultivate the literacy of voluntarily engaging with their fear in a safe way, using simulations and gaming, so they can immerse themselves in the things they're worried about and deal with them. Distributed leadership is a third vital literacy - leaders need to know how to guide organizations that have no center, grow from the edges, and can't be controlled. In a globalized world they must master multimedia leadership - the literacy of having presence and influence even when they're not physically present. And finally, to stay on top of all this they need the literacy of creating positive energy: leaders have to be extremely fit, physically and mentally, to keep their own energy and that of their organizations high to cope with this era of extreme disruption. Johansen presents dramatic and mind-expanding examples of how forward-looking organizations are developing these literacies and offers listeners sage advice on how to cultivate them.

©2017 Bob Johansen (P)2017 Bob Johansen

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Essential read for every one

This book is essential for not just leaders but any educated person or who want to be considered as one. This is not only for future but many practicable principles and ideas for present.

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If you read one book this year...

Read this! Very insightful and many ah-ha moments. The leadership literacies will help you develop professionally and personally while future-proofing your teams.

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Powerful Book

Fascinating read on newer leadership competencies for our vulnerable uncertain complex and ambiguous world. Lessons on future leaders, preparing for new leaders.

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Quite repetitive but an ok listen

My issues with this audiobook are perhaps that I am listening to it a few years too late. While it has some insightful moments, in 2020 the future insights don't come across all that revolutionary. It is clear and well performed, however I found the book quite reparative in its content.