Why won’t doubling down on your old magic help you out of a stall? Because you invariably neglect the new political, personal, strategic, and interpersonal skills needed to manage yourself and others. Predictable and inevitable, your stall then escalates into a crisis. And the crisis escalates faster the higher you go, since challenges of sophistication dwarf those of complexity at higher organizational levels.
What Happens Now? helps you to embrace this reality. It shows how mastering the challenges of sophistication requires you do things you may not have prioritized before: inspire people, nurture relationships, energize teams, groom successors, influence stakeholders.
With stories from dozens of leaders, the book illustrates the seven panic-producing stalls every leader is almost certain to hit; helps you search inside yourself to see why you are experiencing them; and gives you specific tools to jump-start your leadership engine.
What Happens Now? doesn’t dwell on leadership theory and philosophy. As advisors and troubleshooters for leaders of all kinds, authors John Hillen and Mark Nevins focus on the most menacing issue they see in organizations every day: leaders who try to solve challenges solely by muscling through new complexity with reorganizations, process mapping, data analytics, new reports and structures, and the like. The result? Organizational wreckage.
Will that be your fate? Or can you instead turn game-stopping stalls into personal growth and organization success? Can you struggle through the realization that you are the cause and launch the next phase of your lifelong leadership journey? Can you see the warning signs and reinvent yourself to become a master of sophisticated leadership challenges? Hillen and Nevins show you how. If the dozens of leaders they profile can overcome these stalls, so can you