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Leaders Make the Future: Ten New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain World

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What future forces will affect a leaders ability to lead in the next year, 5 years, 10 years?
Hardcover, 194 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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Joe Frazier
Sep 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Leaders Make the Future provides the insights of Bob Johansen, Fellow and former President of Institute for the Future on how leaders can cope with changes coming over the next ten years. He indicates that the world in which leaders must operate will be increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) and that leaders need to apply vision, understanding, clarity and agility to move forward effectively.

The book is mainly attempts to persuade based on reasonability and examples rathe
Manoj Joshi
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bob is an extraordinary thinker and futurist. His book “Leaders make the future...” is an exciting scholarly text that allows permissible boundaries for flipped thinking. This is after I read the second time on his signed book, now my treasure at the most critical times in COVID-19. I read in one go, took fours hours of deep learning on a Sunday afternoon.
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quickly read and unfortunately not much I could make use of.
Bart Breen
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Book for Leadership in Changing Times

Bob Johansen is a part of the "Think Tank" known as the Institute for the Future. Their purpose includes looking at the rapidly changing environment we find ourselves in today and projecting what the future may look like. Most companies that practise this discipline for themselves will try to go maybe as much as 5 years out, which is a significant stretch in many industries which are measured by management and investors in quarterly increments. Joha
David D.  Knapp, Ph.D.
This was a difficult book for me to rate because I really enjoyed sections of it, while struggling through others. In the end, I think three stars are about right.

In terms of specifics...

Of the "10 New Leadership Skills" Mr. Johansen identified as critical for success in the VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous) world of the future, I really enjoyed #3 Dilemma Flipping, #5 Bio-Empathy, #6 Constructive Depolarizing, and #8 Rapid Prototyping. Chapter 5 on Bio-Empathy was particularly
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had an opportunity to attend a workshop led by the author Bob Johansen which is where I received a copy of this book. This was actually my second time hearing him speak.  I learned from his workshop and reading this book if I was to choose my profession all over I wouldn't mind being a futurist.  Especially if you get to work for a place call IFTF (Institue for the Future).  This is a thought provoking book I recommend for any current or aspiring leader.  Bob identifies ten key leadership skil ...more
Aug 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Leadership skills for the future

What do you do when, metaphorically, the ground starts to shift beneath your feet, placing you and your organization in possible jeopardy? Conventional leaders often cannot deal with such unnerving dislocation. Confused and flummoxed, they cower in the corner, afraid to move. However, savvy executives who have the skills needed to deal with volatile change see such upheaval as a special opportunity to advance their companies into the future. In this visionary boo
Naoise Gaffney
Leaders Make the Future by Bob Johansen. It's a rehash of knowledge survived since the dawn of time. Our Stone Age ancestors understood the relevance of having tools and skills to get from trouble to solution through flexible means. :-) All he has done is used new words and far too much waffling. There are "gold nuggets" so it's not a complete write-off. :-)

I read this book as a part of my Leadership Development.
Steve Puma
Jun 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Bob Johansen, from the Insitute for the Future, writes about the 10 new leaderships skills that will be required in the next decade and beyond.

This is a must-read if you want to be on the cutting edge of emerging trends in open-source, collaboration, maker culture, dilemma flipping, smart mobs and more. This books will give you what you need to navigate the complicated world of business in the 21st century.

An excellent and thought-provoking read.
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first quarter of the book seemed very self serving for the author and the organization he works for. Mr. Johansen breaks very little ground in his presentation of "new" leadership skills. Although the book was required to be read in advance of our firm's strategic planning retreat I believe it did little to stimulate thoughts, discussion, and creativity for the planning sessions. ...more
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Engaging read with lots of compelling examples. I especially valued his discussion of commons-creating, the impulse and ability to seed, nurture and grow shared assets that can benefit all players--and allow competition at a higher level. Provocative.
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poignant, engaging, and inspiring, Bob Johansen arms future leaders with the awareness and skills they need to be successful in this VUCA world. "Leaders Make the Future" is a compass for aspiring leaders in the overwhelming storm of unprecedented global change. ...more
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Tara Nichol
This book really felt more like a scholarly article than anything else. Very dry and academic. I personally do not disagree with the concepts on leadership that the author discusses. But the tone of the book does not instill encouragement in future leaders to live out these concepts.
Lori Cotton
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Best business book I have read in a long while. I really like the conclusion which provides ideas as to how the reader can work to develop or strengthen certain skills or traits. I will return to this book often, and will recommend it to others.
Jul 31, 2013 rated it liked it
some unique ideas
Tampines House
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really like the optimistic tone as well as practical applications of the concepts presented in the book.

Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Futures study book on the skills that leaders will need in the future. It sounded at times like the author was trying to drum up consulting business.
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Bob Johansen is distinguished fellow at the Institute for the Future in Silicon Valley, where he helps top leaders around the world prepare for and shape the future. Bob works with corporations such as McKinsey, Tesco, UPS, Kellogg, Syngenta, and McDonald's - as well as a range of major universities and non profits. "The Reciprocity Advantage" is Bob's ninth book. A social scientist by training, B ...more

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