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Ready? The 3Rs of Preparing Your Organization for the Future

  Ready? Preparing Your Organization for the Future 2013

Strategy and General Management


September 2, 2013


Business leaders today live in two worlds, the immediate and the long-term. Given intense and growing pressures for immediate results, many leaders are caught up in a short-term trap, and many organizations are becoming exhausted with activity. But is this activity really preparing them for the future, or are they just trying to hold onto the past.

On the other side, there are fundamental trends reshaping the world in which business will compete in the future. These changes include falling boundaries between industries (e.g., with banks competing with telecommunications firms), a shifting economic center of gravity, and changing expectations – or demands – from consumers, employees and even society as a whole. Incremental change from current business models and mindsets will not adequately prepare businesses for this future.

So the question facing leaders today is how to prepare their organizations for the future, while continuing to deliver current results. This challenge is the focus of the recently published book “Ready? The 3Rs of Preparing Your Organization for the Future.” Based on interviews with 156 CEOs and other leaders from developed and high growth markets, this discovery event highlights four major challenges facing senior business leaders today:

• Bridge the gap: Addressing the causes of the short- vs long-term trap in your  organization
• Rethink your playing field: Analyzing the trends reshaping your future and  evaluating the implications on your business
• Redefine your ambition: Addressing the need to clarify your vision and purpose as  fundamental building blocks for preparing for the future
• Reshape how you work: Highlighting the need to use two directional thinking to   clarify your “sprints” and “marathons,” exploring the need to move from  transactional to a relational mindset in your interactions, and moving from an   organization based on complacency to one with the courage, capacity and commitment  to challenge and move your organization forward.

Target audience:
• Senior Managers responsible for Business Units, Senior/Middle Managers responsible  for leading global teams



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Ready? The 3Rs of Preparing Your Organization for the Future, Copenhagen, Denmark, September 2, 2013

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