Certain Uncertainty: Leading with Agility and Resilience in an Unpredictable World

Certain uncertainty

Constant disruption is the new reality. What is certain today is uncertainty. What does this mean for the business leaders of tomorrow? What do the next generation of leaders need to know about living with certain uncertainty? 

That’s the question Thinkers50 put to a select group of business thinkers from the Thinkers50 community. This book, Certain Uncertainty, is their response: a collection of fresh ideas from diverse voices addressing the shift in mindset required to deal with ambiguity and volatility.

Published in collaboration with Wiley and with a foreword by Amy Edmondson, Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at Harvard Business School, author of The Fearless Organization, and Thinkers50 #1 Ranked Thinker, Certain Uncertainty addresses the urgent need for businesses, organizations, and leaders to adapt quickly to the disruptions and transformative changes that are occurring ever more frequently. 

Leaders need to let go of their old ways of control and concepts of economic and social certainty and embrace forward-looking humility about what lies around the corner.’ – Des Dearlove, author and co-founder, Thinkers50

An essential resource for anyone who wants to succeed as a leader in today’s unpredictable world, Certain Uncertainty provides an illuminating range of informative and actionable insights from a selection of the brightest minds in management thinking; a pool of ideas, advice and lessons into which leaders can dip to help them navigate through disruption with agility, resilience, and transparency.

The contributors cover a wide range of the most pressing issues and relevant topics concerning leadership today, including sustainability, authenticity, diversity, net positive leadership, future-focused mindsets, navigating paradoxes, listening up, radical empathy, cultivating curiosity, cooperative advantage, young leadership development, the privilege of leadership, and … what organizations can learn from ants.

To accelerate the latest thinking to where it can have most impact, Thinkers50 has joined up with Wiley, one of the world’s largest publishers and a global leader in research and education, in a speed-to-shelf collaborative publishing initiative. 

‘In an increasingly fast-paced world, we wanted a way to get ideas into the hands of practicing managers quickly. “Certain Uncertainty” is the first book in a series that offers an accelerated option for publishing thought-leadership by the world’s most influential business thinkers, and delivers a timely discussion on how to build resilience and react effectively to volatile business landscapes.’ – Des Dearlove

Highlighting the important work of the emerging thinkers on the Thinkers50 Radar lists and the wider Thinkers50 community, Certain Uncertainty features over 30 contributors from more than a dozen different countries and provides an actionable roadmap of practical, hands-on strategies for how to respond adaptively to myriad threats, distractions, and opportunities; a toolkit for leaders to round the next corner.

Certain Uncertainty contributors:

Foreword by Amy Edmondson

Introduction by Des Dearlove

Andrew Winston – Thinkers50 Ranked Thinker

Lisa Kay Solomon – Thinkers50 Radar Thinker

Sheree Atcheson – Thinkers50 Radar Thinker

Terence Mauri – Thinkers50 Radar Thinker

Nathan Furr and Susannah Harmon Furr – Thinkers50 Award Shortlist (Nathan)

Kirstin Ferguson – Thinkers50 Radar Thinker

Ben Pring – Thinkers50 Radar Thinker

Tamsen Webster – Thinkers50 Radar Thinker

Matt Gitsham – Thinkers50 Radar Thinker

Wendy K. Smith and Marianne W. Lewis

Paul Carlile – Thinkers50 Radar Thinker

Diane Hamilton – Thinkers50 Radar Thinker

Mehran Gul – Thinkers50 Radar Thinker

Maja Korica – Thinkers50 Radar Thinker

Ori Brafman and Rom Brafman – Thinkers50 Radar Thinker

Jennifer Moss – Thinkers50 Radar Thinker

Megan Reitz – Thinkers50 Ranked Thinker

Julie Carrier – Thinkers50 Radar Thinker

Leon C. Prieto and Simone T.A. Phipps – Thinkers50 Award Recipients

Modupe Taylor-Pearce – Thinkers50 Radar Thinker

Gorick Ng – Thinkers50 Radar Thinker

David Liddle – Thinkers50 Radar Thinker

Kai D. Wright – Thinkers50 Radar Thinker

Ruth GotianThinkers50 Radar Award Recipient

David Nour – Thinkers50 Radar Thinker

Amy Gallo – Thinkers50 Radar Thinker

Ben Whitter – Thinkers50 Radar Thinker

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