Simple Habits for Complex Times: Powerful Practices for Leaders
The world has changed – and it continues to change at a pace never before imagined and at a level of complexity previously unknown.
In this environment leaders who believe that if they are smart enough, work hard enough, or turn to the best management tools, will be able to succeed and thrive. But what are leaders to do when this isn’t the case?
Simple Habits for Complex Times provides three integral practices that enable leaders to navigate the unknown. By taking multiple perspectives, asking different questions, and seeing more of their system, leaders can better understand themselves, their roles, and the world around them. They can become more nimble, respond with agility, and guide their organizations to thrive in an ever-shifting business landscape. The more leaders use these simple habits, the more they enhance their performance and solve increasingly common, sticky business issues with greater acumen.
Leaders operating anywhere in today’s world will turn to this book as a companion that helps them grow into the best version of themselves.
What our readers say
“. . . This well-written and well-researched book will especially appeal to those in leadership positions who are looking for effective tools to deal with change and challenges . . . Recommended”
R. Gillespie, CHOICE
“This book is a superb exploration of the ways that complexity calls on leaders to think, act, and engage differently. It will leave you with a few simple, yet powerful, habits that will change you as a leader . . . and a person. A landmark work!”
Michael Rennie, Global Leader, McKinsey & Company, Organization and Leadership Practice
“… Simple Habits for Complex Times is a perfect blend of ‘story’ and ‘lesson.’ You’ll keep turning the pages and the pages will turn you into a better leader.”
Robert Kegan, Harvard University and co-author of Immunity to Change
“… As a woman from the global south, leading a large global NGO, I need new models and approaches to leading in this new world. Keith and Jennifer offer me stimulating and refreshing advice on how I can think and act differently to achieve enduring change.”
Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, Oxfam International
“This is the perfect guide to corporate transformation. Changing consumption patterns are turning business models upside down. Garvey Berger and Johnston show you how to drain the swamp of ambiguity, squarely face unexpected challenges, and seize new opportunities.”
Eric Passmore, Chief Technology Officer, Online Publishing and Media, Microsoft Corporation
“Berger and Johnston offer a refreshing and bold take on meeting the challenges of leadership, fearlessly slaying sacred cows of previous theories to illuminate a model for the emerging future.”
Erica Ariel Fox, New York Times bestselling author of Winning From Within
“This is mandatory reading if you want a shot at navigating complexity with grace. Jennifer and Keith render complexity visible, accessible, and workable…the ‘how’ of being a leader has been unfathomable—until now. ”
Gayle Karen K. Young, Chief Talent and Culture Officer, Wikimedia Foundation