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Beyond Crisis: Achieving Renewal in a Turbulent World [Hardcover]

Gill Ringland , Oliver Sparrow , Patricia Lustig
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30 Mar 2010
"If you want to know how countries, companies and individuals can master the winds and the waves that will dominate the next decade, this is the book for you." — Rupert Pennant–Rea, former editor of the Economist, Deputy Governor of the Bank of England "′If leading your organisation sometimes feels like changing the front wheel of a bicycle whilst toy are still pedalling it as fast as you can, this is a book you should read." — Sir David Brown, former Chairman, Motorola UK " Beyond Crisis is full of compelling reasons, clear advice and practical models to help almost any enterprise remain viable beyond the deeply unsettling systemic failures that characterise today′s business environment." — Professor Richard David Hames, Dhurakilpundit University, Founding Director Asian Foresight Institute "We are in uncharted territory. There are few people who any longer think that the world post–crisis will be anything like the world before. Ringland, Sparrow & Lusting provide a clear description of the way that leaders need to think in this new reality. In doing so, they give us hope." — Estelle Clark, Business Assurance Director, Lloyds Register The next decade will present organisational challenges on an unprecedented scale. Beyond Crisis shows how you can build a ′purposefully self–renewing organisation′ which will survive and succeed in the midst of this chaos. The book shows how financial and economic crisis has blighted organisations in every sector, and then provide a range of tools and future scenarios for diagnosing problems and creating solutions. This is a welcome dose of clarity in uncertain times.

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  • Hardcover: 346 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (30 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470685778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470685778
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 983,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘…a potentially life–changing book…one that prompts the examination of every layer of his organisation’s functions…’ (Gulf Business, June 2010). ‘ This book is devised as a recession antidote: a guide to how to thrive in difficult times. ’  (Strategy magazine, October 2010). ‘ Beyond Crisis will help leaders to create an organisation competent to innovate and prosper amid uncertainty.’  (Health Service Journal, November 2010). ′The book will help leaders to create an organisation competent to innovate and prosper amongst uncertainty .’  (, February 2011).

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Beyond Crisis is an indispensible guide to how organisations can thrive in turbulent times. Packed with tools and practical suggestions, the book shows how you can: Have clarity about your goals Feel the legitimacy to act Get beyond cost control, performance and budgets Engage in purposeful renewal The authors map out the crisis and upheaval caused by debt, demographics, technology and new ways of thinking and behaving. They also provide a wealth of practical tools, designed to work in any type of organisation, for testing your capabilities and renewing your thinking. There will be no return to business as usual.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and usable tools 2 Sep 2010
By Kwai Yu
BEYOND CRISIS asks searching questions to the raison d'dtre for being in business. Whether you are a large organisation or a one-man band social enterprise, the meaning to the existence of your organisation remains relevant. The book makes a strong case for the interconnectedness of the world we live in and for businesses to thrive, they must consider the overall health of the entire ecosystem - of which business/economy is but a part.

BEYOND CRISIS makes a strong case that organisations will be able to 'renew' or 're-plenish' themselves by having the courage to embrace deeper thinking about the purpose of the organisation and how it contributes to the overall well-being of the entire ecosystem - i.e. beyond profit.

BEYOND CRISIS contains tools that can be used by anyone - from a one-man enterprise to multi-national organisations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A blueprint for future organisational resilience 16 July 2010
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In a world still resounding with the repercussions of global financial crisis, here is a book that every serious organisation should have on its bookshelves. Ringland, Sparrow and Lustig map the territory of long-term turbulence, then make a powerful case for an agile yet grounded response.

The book is both rigorous and readable. The Purposeful Self Renewing Organisation (PS-RO) is mapped in detail, and the structure, qualities and processes for renewal are generously illustrated with case studies. This is not about old-style, top-down strategic planning. The authors are clear both about how and why their approach will work. Organisations working towards becoming PS-ROs are advised to tap their wisdom directly, "establishing clarity, hunting out useful ideas and capabilities, creating options for the future and exploiting new abilities for the present".

A great handbook for OD consultants and for organisations that realise more of the same will no longer work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thriving in uncertain times 7 May 2010
With a post-crash environment that is unpredictable, chaotic and fast-changing, it wouldn't be surprising if many organisations felt they lacked the right tools to deal with such frightening uncertainty. There are few guides to how to survive, let alone be successful when none of the old rules apply. But Beyond Crisis is one such guide-- and one that every hard-pressed executive should put on the shelf. Written by three leading strategists and experts in scenario planning who have worked with hundreds of organisations around the world, Beyond Crisis analyses this new operating environment, how it came about and offers a way through.

To flourish in this uncertain environment demands a new, more flexible managerial mindset, the authors maintain. Senior managers will have to foster constant renewal by continually adapting and responding to the conditions in which they find themselves. The successful organisation in the 21st century will be what they call a `purposeful, self-renewing organisation'.

The rest of the book is a blueprint for the journey, with tools that can be used in every part of the organisation to become purposeful and self-renewing. This is about more than structure. Instead, it's about a different style of leadership; about how people exchange information and what they do with it; about unlocking potential across the board. It is about an organisation taking charge of its destiny when nothing is certain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good prod in the right direction 20 July 2010
The authors, with their horizon scanning expertise elegantly make the case for global anxiety. The book reminds us of the uncomfortable drivers of change: financial crisis, climate change, demographics, shift in education and economics from the occident to the orient etc. They then encourage companies to become Purposeful Self-Renewing Organisations (PS-RO's) and suggest possible mechanisms to enable this.

Building on Peter Senge's vision of a learning organisation, they force us to relentlessly and actively engage with the realities of our changing external world, customers, markets, regulation and competition. But unlike other provocative doomsday books, they set out signposts to help with charting and navigating these turbulent waters. For most organisations this will mean more active horizon scanning, being prepared to act on new thinking and data, and becoming adept at change and renewal. Although not easy medicine to swallow, companies need to relentlessly adapt and re-align the machinery of their business if they are to stay relevant to consumers, gain wider approval from us all (and the environment) and stay competitive.

The authors are at pains to explain that no one size fits all and that the principles described are to be crafted and adapted to suit each context. Having said that I feel they have done some excellent thinking on our behalf and offered us some essential seeds to germinate and nurture in our individual seedbeds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond Crisis 11 July 2010
This new book is penned by my colleagues Gill Ringland, Oliver Sparrow and Tricia Lustig of SAMI Consulting.

Experts in future proofing for organisations, the authors take a very detailed look at all of the trends and underlying drivers of the current economic crisis and propose a new direction for organisations who wish to not only survive, but thrive in the new reality.

The next decade will present organisational challenges on an unprecedented scale. As the book cover so clearly states "There will be no return to business as usual." What Beyond Crisis shows is how organisations can survive and succeed in the midst of this chaos.

The authors introduce the concept of a 'purposefully self-renewing organisation' to deal with this situation. This has, for me, some of the attributes of Arie de Geus' Living Company which is not surprising as both Arie and SAMI were at the birth of scenario planning in Shell.

Initially, the book graphically depicts the scale of the financial and economic crisis and how it has blighted organisations in every sector. The comparison graphs and pie carts are sobering, and they underline why there will be no business as usual, or even an easy return to any form of normality.

The 'purposefully self-renewing organisation' (PS-RO) outlined by the authors seeks to provide a framework and a range of tools for diagnosing the situation and for creating solutions. They seek to redress the imbalance between the focus on the short term operating machinery of organisations and the more forward and longer range thinking which develops insight into the operating environment that then creates options for portfolio development.
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