Leading Exponential Change (second edition, May 2019) unveils the secrets of Enterprise Agility.
The way companies manage change has undergone dramatic shifts, and organizations have tried to adapt to relentless market innovations by using artificial intelligence, Big Data, the Scrum Framework, increasingly connected people, and new mind-sets such as Agile or Lean. But all these approaches have only established disruptive change as a new, relentless reality. In Leading Exponential Change, world-renowned consultant Erich R. Bühler shares the secrets that differentiate truly remarkable companies from those that fail to adapt to today’s constantly changing market conditions. During his years on the front lines, the author recognized that no two companies were the same—and that what worked in one enterprise might not work in another. He studied a wide range of organizations to determine the specific behaviors and mind-sets needed to embrace change. One thing became clear: human beings are not physiologically prepared for constant alterations in processes, roles, and ways of working. Realizing that a new approach was needed, Bühler developed a set of revolutionary principles and techniques to create responsive people and organizations that challenged traditional thinking (and many Agile concepts). Drawing on his experience as an international change consultant, the author takes you deep into why companies struggle to adapt even when they have the right people. He also analyzes the reasons some consultants face endless obstacles and resistance to change while others succeed. This groundbreaking book offers new foundations to help company leaders, managers, Agile consultants, HR representatives, mentors, and scrum masters become skilled at helping others to influence change. Here readers find five types of Agility—including Mental Agility and how to increase it! Bühler also explains two game-changing frameworks for increasing adaptability to change: the ELSA framework, ideal for environments where people welcome change, and DeLTA, which helps manage change in companies with hostile work environments. Drawing from years of experience and employing an easy-to-follow approach, Bühler also addresses the differences between Agile and Enterprise/Business Agility, explores what happens to the brain during change, explains methods for improving innovation, and teaches important concepts about organizational psychology and the neuroscience of change. Between the first and second editions, Bühler traveled around the world interviewing change consultants from different countries and cultures to verify which of his techniques had a positive impact and which ones needed to be improved. Bolstered by this new data, the second edition of Leading Exponential Change is packed with new paradigms, practices, ready-to-use tools, and real-life stories from the author and other industry-revered consultants specializing in innovation, human resources, and coaching. Paperback and ebook editions are available in Spanish (Lidera el cambio exponencial) and Portuguese (Lidere a Mudança Exponencial), and this second edition is also available on audio for listening on the go.