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The purpose of the book – and the value?

The purpose of the book is to share my experiences, learning, models, codifications, and results, so that you can be inspired to try a new leadership style and philosophy that matches the requirements of the 21st century. My intention is to light the path for you, so you can find your own way without too much fumbling.

I will not provide a finished codex that you must follow dogmatically. This is not a reference book with all the answers about leadership in the 21st century.

The focus will be on the mindset you must have as a leader, and on the behaviour and practices that can support it. The book provides a platform and several methods that will help you to understand, get started and make it happen – that is, a variant of design-thinking.

You might find yourself conflicted between your old, auto-reactions and your new, adapted behaviour. The point of this book is to shed as much light on the mindset and the paradigm shift for you to master it, to illuminate the problem, and find a solution yourself.

What do people say? Where is the value?

“I have to say your book is outstanding. It’s easy to follow, and just makes it easy to understand the steps to becoming a better leader. Well done”
– Miranda Ash, WorldBlu

“Been waiting 5 years for this book ever since we first crossed each other’s path (…) I’ve literally followed the development from the very early days and I can highly recommend Erik’s new book for anyone searching for a hands-on guide to transform leadership and innovation. It’s a perfect mix of theory and practice.”
– Kasper Risbjerg, Danfoss

“How can I get 9 for my management team? (…) It’s well-written, and highly relevant, and I like that all the references are modern.”
– HR Director

My sincere hope is to help you understand the why, how, and what of responsive leadership. It requires that you are willing to invest the time. It requires patience. There is no quick fix. For some, a transformation can take six months before the new behaviour is well established. For others, it may take several years.


PS: Now on Kindle too

The book is available on Kindle too >>

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The five areas of the Future of Work

This post is an excerpt from part II: “MODELS

The future of work is characterized simultaneously by an adjusted and holistic approach. An adjusted approach, because the paradigm shift is a fundamental change to how we think and act in the workplace. A holistic approach, because the elements of the modern workplace interlock and affect each other

By applying the five guiding principles of the future in the modern workplace, we specifically get the five areas of future of work:

  • Purpose and direction
    Say goodbye to the classic three-year, detail-oriented strategy.
    Say hello to purpose and direction as a supplement, or even a replacement at times
  • Innovation as usual
    The new mantra is ‘challenge the status quo’. The consequence is ‘continuous innovation’ or ‘innovation as usual’.
    If you are not developing or changing your organization, you are going to be left behind.
    Innovation must be an everyday thought and mindset, and used on products, processes, AND leadership.
  • Viscous culture
    The culture must match the mindset. Freedom at work, inclusion, empowerment, trust, and engagement are in focus.
    We measure it via social capital and the organizational network analysis
  • Organizing for value
    Organizing is a verb, not a noun. It’s something we do – not something we are – in order to stay relevant to both employees and customers.
    We focus on what value we deliver to the customer, not on the product.
    We focus on the networked organization, and transforming from command-and-control to team-of-teams.
  • Responsive Leadership
    The responsive leadership consists of new roles and new behaviour.
    Most of all, it’s a balance between the old and new leadership styles.




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