Title Future Shaper
Subtitle How Leaders Can Take Charge in an Uncertain World
Author Niamh O’Keeffe
ISBN 9781789662184
List price GBP 14.99
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 288
Book size 140 x 216 mm
Publishing year 2020
Original publisher Kogan Page Limited
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
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“In today’s world of mixed signals and rapid change, we need our leaders to evolve their skills and step up to a new decade where use of technology and talent will be at the heart of competitive advantage. Niamh O’Keeffe’s future shaper framework and approach provides a structured guide and advice on how to navigate leadership complexity and stay relevant. This book is a valuable and practical resource. It is a highly recommended read that will deliver a worthwhile on-going leadership dividend.”

Mark Spelman, Head of Thought Leadership, World Economic Forum


Future Shaper insightfully describes the challenges of leadership in a rapidly accelerating technology centric world of change and is replete with practical frameworks for reflecting on what it takes to shape an organizations future in the face of systemic uncertainty and changing workforce expectations. It is a thought provoking and practical guide to the serious student of leadership.”

Tim Breene, CEO World Relief, and co-author of Jumping the S-Curve


We live in a world of continuous uncertainty and on the brink of a massive digital and AI-powered shift. What should leaders do?

The answer is not to shy away from inevitable changes and more uncertainty, but to have the courage to face it.

Leaders need to take charge by embracing new technologies and ideas and converting these into opportunities for leadership innovation. The best ways for leaders to predict the future is to help create the future.

Future Shaper is about giving back a sense of control. It’s about empowering leaders to take charge and shape the future. Niamh O’Keeffe asks leaders to re-calibrate their leadership skills to include imagination and courage, to embrace innovation and drive growth and create a better future.

Future Shaper helps readers to:

Embrace new digital technologies, understand AI and equip themselves for those not-yet-invented challenges

Gain insights from today’s successful leaders

Make an impact and feel more in control using an easy-to-understand leadership framework.

Key features at a glance:

  • Illustrates ground-breaking thinking that will empower leaders to take control and shape the future
  • Offers readers checklists, questions and models helping them develop key skills of how to become a future leader
  • Contains case examples of iconic future shaper leaders, past and present
  • Is part of the Inspire series, which offers insightful analyses of the new, VUCA world of business, from digital transformation to the age of artificial intelligence and beyond


About the author


Why you should read this book


Part One: Leadership overwhelm

Chapter 1. The exhilaration and exhaustion of being a leader today To put it simply, leadership has become more complicated • An unpredictable future amplified by the Fourth Industrial Revolution • Leaders under constant threat alert: ‘disrupt or be disrupted’ • Seismic shifts such as anticipating how to lead in the age of artificial intelligence • Emergence of ecosystems that require a new type of borderless leadership • Vast amounts of information but fewer knowns and faster decisions • Post-digital leadership: understanding what’s next in technology and its impact on role • The challenges of satisfying and managing expectations of a millennial workforce • An accelerating sustainability agenda and concern for the global environment • Societal demands for business to play a more responsible role beyond profit • How to set priorities in face of overwhelm, relentless change and uncertainty • Leaders are at a breaking point, and only the most adaptable will survive


Part Two: Empower yourself

Chapter 2. Future shaper leadership intelligence playbook Step back to get perspective and see the bigger picture • Realize you have the power to shape the future • Stop feeling afraid of unknowns and `wildcard’ events • Empower yourself to lead; don’t wait for permission or the right job title • Apply a new leadership intelligence framework and cultivate more relevant traits


Part Three: Five key fundamentals of future shaping leadership intelligence

Chapter 3. Preferable: establish your preferred future outcome Imperative – understand your purpose and what is motivating you to act now • Imagine – explore all the ideas and possibilities • Identify – decide on the long-term strategic outcome you want to achieve

Chapter 4. Persuade: convince people to follow you Inspire – communicate your vision and motivate others to follow you • Influence – understand the politics and where decision-making power lies • Investment – secure resources to build your team and finance your plans

Chapter 5. Persist: be resilient and stay the course Inner resolve – do you have what it takes to keep going? • Inhibitors – anticipate what may block your progress • Intrepidness – appreciate the role of failure as part of your learning journey

Chapter 6. Prove: nurture successful teams and deliver the right results Invigorate – rethink your approach to build a winning team • Include – foster more resilient teams via diversity and inclusion • Impress – achieve early wins and create positive spirals of success

Chapter 7. Platform: power up your network and multiply your impact Increase – grow your platform to maximize return on effort • Intensify – expand your personal power and enhance your reputation • Impact – merit alone is not sufficient; ignore politics at your peril


Part Four: Future shaper leadership intelligence traits

Chapter 8. F.U.T.U.R.E. shaper leadership traits Be Fearless • Be Unconventional • Be Tenacious • Be Unifying • Be Resilient • Be Empathetic

Chapter 9. Future S.H.A.P.E.R. leadership traits Be Super-adaptable • Be Hard-working • Be Authentic • Be Proactive • Be Energizing • Be Resourceful


Part Five: Shape a better future for everyone

Chapter 10. Create a positive ripple effect on the world around you Collaborate with other future shapers – and change the world • Empower yourself, empower others to shape a better future • Succeed in your leadership career and make an impact



About the Author:

Niamh O’Keeffe, (UK) is a leadership advisor, established author and the founder of First100 and The Prosper Leadership Academy www.prosperleadershipacademy.com. She has over 25 years career experience in leadership advisory services - including strategy consulting, executive search and leadership coaching. Her insights in this book are based on her experience as a trusted advisor to chief executives and working with senior leaders on key moments in their leadership role lifecycle: how to get promoted, how to have a great first 100 days, how to stay the course, and legacy projects. Niamh’s client list spans multiple industries and includes advising leaders of entrepreneurial ventures in London and New York, as well as senior executives at global corporations like Accenture, Microsoft and Oliver Wyman Group.

Target Audience:

This book offers a blueprint to help guide leaders on how to take back control, proactively future shape and achieve great success.

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