There is a fundamental mismatch between the way we organise our senior management teams and the way modern commerce has evolved. Wrapping finesse, technology, rules, bureaucracy, and “science” around our C-Suite conventions, designed for nineteenth-century businesses, is not nearly enough to meet the challenges of modern business environments and practices.
This book is for executives who want to enable their C-Suite, and by extension their organizations, to survive and thrive into the future. It will help them to foresee future challenges and provide suggestions for new working practices at executive level to successfully adapt to those changes. How should executive teams organize themselves, reinvent their roles, and work with stakeholders to evolve and innovate? What is the role of the new C-grade executive – managers, leaders, or something else?
Executives and aspiring executives will find new challenges for organizations and ways to deal with them. Forward-thinking business students will find startling ideas and practical tools for viewing business and its activities. What is the next evolution of the executive function in organizations? This book explores how we can predict it, shape it, and succeed in it.
Table of Contents
1. What is management, and how did it get to where it is today? Part 1: The Challenges Facing the C-Suite 2. The educational system product, and its inputs to organizations 3. Generation in the workplace as a challenge for the C-Suite 4. Information inputs as a challenge to the C-Suite 5. Digital transformation, and its effects on the organization 6. The world of work 7. Organizational change, pressure and speed 8. Function and process thinking are holding back your organization 9. What customers want yesterday 10. Business ecosystems change everything Part 2: The Evolving C-Suite 11. The mind and motivations of the C-Suite 12. The role of the C-Suite 13. The skills and attributes of the C-Suite 14. The evolving organization 15. The evolving C-Suite 16. The way forward – the transition of the C-Suite 17. Being curious – further reading
Terry White has been helping executives understand and drive positive change in their organizations for 30 years as an author, consultant, advisor, and mentor to C-level executives. He was a CIO for 10 years and has been advising executives on managing in the digital world for the past 20 years. He believes that today’s executives are far too busy to be effective. He has helped executives reflect and think differently to lead their organizations to a new future.