Resetting Management

Resetting Management : Thrive with Agility in the Age of Uncertainty

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SHORTLISTED: Business Book Awards 2022 - Change & Sustainability

The ability to renew competitive advantage with flexibility is essential for any business in today's turbulent world. How do you go beyond trendy buzzwords and master the principles of business agility?

Resetting Management helps leaders understand why business agility matters. Agility releases a new level of energy, innovation and entrepreneurship, enabling organizations to respond to disruption while still delivering business strategies with rigour and efficiency. Using diagnostic tools and practical models, the book describes how to master the essential components and principles of agility and respond to uncertain and fast-changing environments.

Featuring case studies from some of the world's leading companies and illustrating how they have successfully and less successfully transformed for greater agility - including Lego, General Electric, LMVH and ING - Stephane J.G. Girod and Martin Kralik provide leaders with the skills to master the transformation journey that is right for their business.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 15mm | 400g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1789667178
  • 9781789667172

Table of contents

Section - ONE: A Call to Action (Why);

Chapter - 01: Why Agility?;
Chapter - 02: The What of Business Agility - Reshaping How Organizations Make Choices;

Section - TWO: A New Agility Landscape (What);

Chapter - 03: Strategic Agility;
Chapter - 04: Ramping Up Organizational Agility Without a Profound Overhaul of the Hierarchy;
Chapter - 05: Intermediate Stage of Organizational Agility - Pockets of Agility, Powered by Agile Methods;
Chapter - 06: Organizational Agility: The Pioneers of New Organizational Forms;
Chapter - 07: Leadership Agility;

Section - THREE: How to Transform for Agility Successfully;

Chapter - 08: Managing the Trade-offs of Strategic Agility;
Chapter - 09: Navigating the Challenges of Implementing Agile Methods;
Chapter - 10: Managing the Trade-offs of Radically New Organizational Forms;
Chapter - 11: Final words;
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"Girod and Kralik have cracked the code on how to prosper in an increasingly unpredictable future. The true Management 4.0 playbook for competitive advantage in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Learn how to achieve the needed strategic adaptability - via extreme customer centricity, innovative agility and flexibility, constant balancing of trade-offs and much more." * Mikael Ronnblad, Group Executive Board Member, Fortum Corporation (Europe), and Board Member, Valo Ventures (USA) * "Resetting Management is a compelling treaty on modern leadership, where leaders have to distribute power across and beyond their organizations, and where a real competitive advantage lies in learning to learn, by exercising a combination of strategic and organizational agility together with intellectual humility. In a world of platitudes, this is a book that actually makes a difference by resetting the way we look at the world." * Alexis Nasard, Former CEO, Kantar * "In Resetting Management, Stephane Girod and Martin Kralik methodically review how one needs to lead in modern society. Behind polite and constructive build-up and analysis, the recipe is unrolling. But make no mistake, the title sets the tone, and it's brutal: 'Reset the way you and I lead, or... get out of the way.'" * Antoine Ernst, Chief Transformation Officer, Japan Tobacco International * "The beauty of Resetting Management is that it doesn't profess that there is only one way to obtain business agility. The book is filled with inspirational examples of companies following different paths towards agility as well as practical models that help us analyse our own company to select the best path forward." * Cecilie Heuch, Chief People and Sustainability Officer, Telenor Group * "Resetting Management clarifies the different facets of agility and presents very practical tools and frameworks that will help businesses shed their rigid corporate planning, seize the opportunities of the digital era and continuously renew their competitive advantage." * John J Zhang, former Director, Strategy and Corporate Development, Midea Group * "Agility is one of the hottest concepts in the world of business today, but what does it really mean? This book provides the answer - it's the most comprehensive guide to business agility available, full of deep insights into the challenges and tensions involved, and with practical takeaways for leaders and managers everywhere." * Julian Birkinshaw, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School * "In reading Resetting Management, I found the words, concepts and real-life case studies addressing the exact sort of issues that I, as a CEO, am dealing with these days. It's an excellent book combining academic rigor with accessible and applicable examples that help provide a roadmap for anyone leading a company through today's ever-changing, technology-driven business and social environment." * Mike Federle, CEO, Forbes * "We live in a world of accelerating change, where the future is less and less an extrapolation of the past. To thrive in this environment, we need organizations with an 'evolutionary advantage' - a capacity to change as fast as change itself. Resetting Management is a must-read for anyone who's serious about making resilience and agility a core competence." * Michele Zanini, Managing Director, Management Lab, and co-author of Humanocracy * "Thought-provoking, incisive and holistic, Resetting Management is the most comprehensive book I have read on business transformations. The value of this book lies in the integration of strategic, organizational and leadership agility, which are usually treated in a siloed way. I have found it particularly relevant for my work in strategy, M&A and post-merger integration." * Moncef Tanfour, Group Vice President Strategic Development and Integration, Grundfos * "Resetting Management unpacks thoroughly the 'Why' and the 'What' of how organizations can leverage agility to thrive in the realities of the new world. Rather than a one-shoe-fits-all approach, the authors provide practical insights with lots of corporate examples which allows anyone to calibrate and personalize the transformation of their business." * Parag M Parekh, VP Global Digital Sales, Adidas * "Resetting Management is really about playing to win! It is insightful and even disturbing to realize how conservative we can still be in our management approaches. It's time for a reset. This book gives the keys to reshape our future thanks to the entrepreneurial energy that strategic, organizational and leadership agility create." * Patrick Rasquinet, CEO, La Prairie *
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About Stéphane J. G. Girod

Stephane J.G. Girod is Professor of Strategy and Organizational Innovation at IMD business school in Lausanne, Switzerland. He writes a column in and his opinion pieces have been carried by China Daily, The Economist, BBC News, Tribune de Geneve and The Times. Before joining IMD he was Manager of the Accenture Institute for High Performance, based in London.

Martin Kralik is an IMD external associate, based in Southeast Europe. Before IMD, he worked with Insead and the International Data Corporation.
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