Risky Business Why Leaders Must Develop a Disruptive Mindset
To position an organization for growth, you cannot shy away from disruptive, high-stakes, pivotal decisions about the future.
So why DO you?
Why do so many smart leaders cringe when they face disruption?
Most people think of disruption as negative while some leaders make disruption their goal. Organizational Psychologist Dr. Linda Henman considers both approaches preventable and costly mistakes. The surprising truth about improving anything you do—personally, professionally, publicly, or privately—lies at the intersection of your ability to think abstractly and your willingness to take prudent risks.
Drawing on a rich trove of original, cutting-edge research and four decades’ worth of consulting, Henman knows what it takes to succeed in the C-suite. She dispels myths by presenting a clear and compelling summary of what she has observed—and in many cases, helped to create. Her in-the-trenches experiences spurred her to arrive at this conclusion: Myths about leadership have blinded us to what leaders really do. Many leaders believe in the concept of creative disruption but remain skeptical about trusting it.
Jam-packed with big ideas, Risky Business arrives just in time—a rare book that will transform the way you think about risk, change the way you view disruption, and help you understand what you must do to think strategically, to grow dramatically, and to do it quickly. Inspiring and revelatory, filled with story-driven narratives and practical takeaways, Risky Business brings together decades of counterintuitive research to shed light on how you can effect change.
1: The Disruptive Mindset
2: Create Disruption or Someone Else Will
3: Disruption Is Mandatory
4: The Influence of Conscious and Unconscious Bias on Risk-Taking
5: Aptitude Always Outranks Experience
6: Where You Going with That Can of Gas?
7: The Truth about What Motivates Us to Change Our Mindsets
8: Resilience Is an Offensive Weapon
9: Disruption Traps
10: Leading Disruption
Motivation is far more complicated that most people realize, but Linda Henman understands its nuances and complexities. In her incisive book, she explains why motivation lives at the heart of innovation — and how to tap that motivation in yourself and your team.
- Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive, When, and To Sell Is Human
For more than four decades, my mission has been to help successful people achieve positive changes in their behavior. Yet, I frequently encounter CEOs who simply don't understand how their limiting beliefs are standing in their way. Based on her original research, Dr. Henman offers specific advice about what executives can do to overcome risk-aversion and grow their businesses.
- Marshall Goldsmith, the only two-time #1 Leadership Thinker in the world, is the New York Times #1 bestselling author of Triggers, Mojo, and What Got You Here Won't Get You There.
Many companies make disruption their goal. Dr. Linda Henman understands why that's a mistake. Her research and mine both indicate disruption doesn't create growth; instead, growth creates disruption. Growth is always hard, but as Henman notes, smart leaders who commit to innovation can make tough decisions in the face of daunting uncertainties. Those who follow her sage advice will develop the mindset that will position them for success.
- Charlene Li, New York Times bestselling author of The Disruption Mindset, Senior Fellow at Altimeter, a Prophet company.
Finally, a psychological explanation for why so many smart people won’t innovate. My research indicates that when we see ourselves clearly, we are more confident, creative, and successful. Dr. Henman adds that we also have a greater capacity for taking prudent risks. This book is chock-full of pragmatic sage advice that will put leaders on the right path.
- Dr. Tasha Eurich, New York Times best-selling author of Insight and Bankable Leadership