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Leadership Tips for Today to Stay in the Game Tomorrow Premium

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This article summarizes research by the author into why some organizations fail in the face of "punctuated change," while others are reborn, adapt and survive. The key, he finds, involves embracing paradox. Continuing to exploit current business success is a must, but so is taking a plunge into the future through exploration. Carrying out both of these activities simultaneously calls for ambidexterity. The article highlights the defining features and characteristics of ambidexterity, and the keys that underpin putting it into action. While these skills need to reside in the leader at the top, senior management teams and heads of business units have to be just as adept at grasping the cognitive complexity and making the tradeoffs required for future success.
Bibliographic citation: Tushman, Michael L., "Leadership Tips for Today to Stay in the Game Tomorrow: The Ambidextrous Leader", IESE Insight, No. 23, Fourth Quarter 2014, pp 31 - 38

Reference: 10.15581/002.ART-2641 (DOI)
Date: 16/12/2014
Author(s): Tushman, Michael L.
Document type: Non-refereed article
Languages: Spanish / English
Company(ies): Sears, Wal-Mart, Ball Corporation, John Fisher, Swatch, Nicolas Hayek, Lou Gerstner, IBM, Emerging Business Organization, Mike Lawrie, Misys, Allscripts, Misys Open Source Solutions, Nokia, Havas Media Group, Victors & Spoils, NASA, Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation, Procter & Gamble, Tide, Gordon Brunner, Kodak, Unilever