Leadership 2030: The Six Megatrends You Need to Understand to Lead Your Company into the Future

Leadership 2030: The Six Megatrends You Need to Understand to Lead Your Company into the Future

Leadership 2030: The Six Megatrends You Need to Understand to Lead Your Company into the Future

Leadership 2030: The Six Megatrends You Need to Understand to Lead Your Company into the Future

Synopsis

The tumultuous changes of the past decade, including China's economic rise and the financial meltdown, were just the beginning. The next cataclysmic wave is surging relentlessly ahead, demanding leaders who can steer their companies through complexity and change.

Drawn from original research conducted jointly with foresight company Z-Punkt and further analyzed by Hay Group, Leadership 2030 uncovers six megatrends that will dramatically impact organizations' markets, cultures, systems, and processes:

1. Globalization 2.0: Asia dominates the global economy.

2. Climate change: Sustainability becomes imperative.

3. Individualism: Freedom of choice erodes loyalty.

4. Digitization: Boundaries blur between private and working lives.

5. Demographic changes: Aging populations intensify the talent war.

6. Converging technologies: The sharpest tech shift in history is around the corner.

Research findings and case studies provide compelling evidence of each megatrend and highlight the skills, capabilities, and attitudes leaders must cultivate, such as adaptability, collaboration, cultural sensitivity, strategic thinking, meaning creation, and more. In the rush to produce quarterly profits in chaotic conditions, the longer view is often obscured. This forward-thinking book helps businesses everywhere prepare for the seismic changes on the horizon.

Excerpt

“Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.”

—Mark Twain, humorist

Name the following country: It is the richest nation in the world, with the world’s highest standard of living, largest military force, and most developed education system. It is the global center of business, finance, innovation, and invention, and its currency is the international standard of value.

The answer is: Great Britain.

Actually, we misled you a little. More precisely, the answer is the British Empire in the year 1900.

Even more recently than that, in 1922, the British Empire was still the largest empire the world had ever known. It spanned 12.7 million square miles (33 million square kilometers), roughly a quarter of the earth’s land mass, with 456 million people, a quarter of the world’s population.

At that time, few could have imagined how the world was going to change within just 100 years. Nobody could have forecast the ebb and flow of world power that would follow: the emergence of the United States as the world’s dominant superpower, the rise and fall of the Soviet Union, and now the ascendency of China to threaten America’s hegemony. And many people have no idea that Britain’s supremacy was ever the global status quo.

But then, prediction is very difficult, especially about the future of superpowers.

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