1st Edition

The Secret Sauce for Leading Transformational Change

By Ian Ziskin Copyright 2022
    212 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    212 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Written by a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive community of contributors and business experts, this book is about leading transformational change on an individual, team, organizational, and societal level.

    Most large-scale transformational change happens because of unanticipated, unaddressed, unplanned disruptions which raise questions about what it takes to lead, survive, and even thrive in periods of transformational change. This book answers these critical questions:

    1. What do leaders who drive and sustain successful transformational change actually do?
    2. Why do we so often fail to lead and sustain transformational change?
    3. All transformation is change, but is all change transformational?

    This first-of-its-kind book offers a variety of lenses and perspectives, in the form of interviews, essays, and survey responses, with insights from business leaders, HR leaders, coaches, consultants, academics, thought leaders, and other transformational change experts.

    The compilation of practical tools provides readers with a deep and diverse analysis of top-notch thinking and practices for leading transformational change. This work is fundamental to aspiring leaders, professionals, and academics who wish to learn the secret sauce for leading transformational change.

    Part I: Context Introduction – The Spirit of Abundance, 1. From What to What?, 2. The Beauty of "And", Part II: Insights: Expert Perspectives (Essays) – Collective Wisdom, 3.Individuals, 4.Teams, 5.Organizations, Leadership Storytelling (Interviews) – Do Something, 6.Leaders, Lead Crowdsourcing: (Survey) – Build a Bonfire, 7. Survey Says..., Part III: Actions, 8. Don’t Do It, 9.The Secret Sauce, 10. A "Pizzanalogy"


    Ian Ziskin, President, EXec EXcel Group LLC, has 40 years of experience as a business leader, board advisor and member, coach, consultant, entrepreneur, teacher, speaker, and author. He is the Co-Founder and Partner of Business inSITE Group (BiG), Co-Founder of the Consortium for Change (C4C), and Co-Founder of the CHREATE Project. His global leadership experience includes Chief Human Resources Officer and/or other senior leadership roles with three Fortune 100 companies – Northrop Grumman, Qwest Communications, and TRW. He has a Master of Industrial and Labor Relations degree from Cornell University and is a magna cum laude graduate of Binghamton University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. Ian has written dozens of articles, blogs, and book chapters on the future of work, HR, leadership, coaching, and HR’s role with the board of directors.

    "At the end of the day, leading transformational change is all about driving and sustaining great business results with and through other people. The Secret Sauce for Leading Transformational Change offers multiple perspectives on how to make it happen in highly pragmatic ways."
    Chris Kastner, President and CEO, Huntington Ingalls Industries

    "Leaders and organizations must master transformational change to remain relevant and viable. The Secret Sauce is a powerful resource for practical insights into the what, why, and how."
    Professor Edward E. Lawler III, Director, USC Marshall School of Business Center for Effective Organizations

    "Now more than ever, businesspeople are looking for durable and practical methods to lead through transformational change, and The Secret Sauce provides both. It provides the ‘what’ and ‘so what’ for transformational change in a manner that is both thought-provoking and immediately applicable."
    Peter Mulford, Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, BTS Inc.

    "The demand for transformational change has never been greater, and the practical guidance offered in The Secret Sauce for Leading Transformational Change is top flight. Highly recommended for CEOs, board members, and senior leaders as we address this demand."
    Jane Edison Stevenson, Vice Chair, Board and CEO Services, Korn Ferry

    "Ian’s lifetime of experiences has generated a marvelous compendium of ideas with impact. Transformation happens when thoughtful colleagues share insights on truth, talent, timing, and tools."
    Dave Ulrich, Rensis Likert Professor Ross School of Business, University of Michigan; Partner, The RBL Group