“No matter how good the chief innovation officer may be, no matter how creative and entrepreneurial an innovation team, they cannot successfully create new market growth for an organisation unless the leadership team is directly involved in their work, guiding them with their long term vision and strategy, helping them to create the right processes to move their ventures forward and protecting them from competition from the core Absent that high-level attention, those ventures might never get off the ground.” – Mark Johnson
We all know a visionary leader when we see one.
They’re bold and prophetic and at the same time pragmatic.
They don’t just promote change–they drive it, while inspiring and mobilising others to do the same.
Visionaries like Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos possess a host of innate qualities that make them extraordinary, but what truly sets them apart is their ability to turn vision into action.
Our guest introduces a new way of thinking and managing, called “future-back,” that enables any manager to become a practical visionary.
Addressing the many barriers to change that exist in established organisations, he presents a systematic approach to overcoming them that includes:
- The principles and mind-set that allow leadership teams to look beyond typical short-term planning horizons
- A method for turning emerging challenges into the growth opportunities that can define an organisation’s future
- A step-by-step approach for translating a vision into a strategic plan that teams can align around and commit to
- Ways to ensure that visionary thinking becomes a repeatable organisational capability
We welcome Mark Johnson, founder of Innosight and author of “Lead from the Future Lead from the Future: How to Turn Visionary Thinking Into Breakthrough Growth”
More about the book: https://www.innosight.com/insight/lead-from-the-future/
The HBR article referenced during the episode: https://hbr.org/2020/04/leaders-do-you-have-a-clear-vision-for-the-post-crisis-future