Change your game

The Smart Manager - - Change Your Game Interview - KYLIE WRIGHT-FORD AND DE­BRA BEN­TON ARE AU­THORS OF THE LEAD­ER­SHIP MIND SWITCH. THEY SPEAK ON TOP­ICS SUCH AS LEAD­ER­SHIP, SUS­TAIN­ABIL­ITY, AND EF­FEC­TIVE­NESS. WRIGHT-FORD WAS MOST RE­CENTLY THE CHIEF OP­ER­AT­ING AND STRAT­EGY OF­FI­CER FOR WORLD 50, A COM­PANY THAT C

“When the en­vi­ron­ment changes dra­mat­i­cally, which it has and will con­tinue to do as the fourth rev­o­lu­tion un­folds, ac­tions and thoughts need to ad­just sim­i­larly. The lead­er­ship mind switch por­trays a rad­i­cal change to the way you think about your lead­er­ship be­hav­iors and qual­i­ties. It is more than a shift to your mind­set. It is a jolt to the way you think and act.” De­bra Ben­ton and Kylie Wright-Ford chalk out a game plan for be­com­ing an ef­fec­tive fu­ture-proof leader.

Could you of­fer a peek into the premise of the book—the Fourth Industrial Rev­o­lu­tion and the de­mands it places on lead­er­ship?

The premise of the book is that a field guide is needed for the savvy leader to nav­i­gate the un­usual era in which we live. As an ex­ec­u­tive coach and COO duo, we co-au­thored The Lead­er­ship Mind Switch be­cause we sensed—from lead­ers we spoke with—fear, ex­cite­ment, and too-of­ten some re­sis­tance to adapt­ing to the fast pace and chang­ing de­mo­graph­ics of the work­place. We are en­ter­ing the fourth industrial rev­o­lu­tion which sur­passes the third (dig­i­tal rev­o­lu­tion) and brings with it a blur­ring of the lines be­tween the phys­i­cal, bi­o­log­i­cal, and dig­i­tal. It is a time when abil­ity to lead across gen­er­a­tions and styles is para­mount and dig­i­tal flu­ency es­sen­tial.

Lead­er­ship to­day is about char­ac­ter and com­mu­ni­ca­tion, not cor­ner of­fices. Could you elab­o­rate on this ob­ser­va­tion?

With ris­ing gen­er­a­tions of work­ers and cus­tomers alike de­mand­ing trans­parency, there is nowhere to hide as a leader to­day. No longer can you be a re­mote and aloof con­veyor of or­ders with­out con­text. In most in­dus­tries,

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