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Work In Progress Issue

Karen Christensen

WHETHER YOU ARE A CEO guiding a global corporation, a team leader in a small start-up or an influential figure in your community, the path of leadership is marked by constant evolution and self-improvement. Great leaders understand that their growth is intertwined with that of their teams and the world around them. They strive to stay ahead of the curve, adapting their strategies and approaches to meet the ever-changing demands and challenges of their stakeholders.

Put simply, leadership is not a destination, it is an ongoing journey. In this issue of Rotman Management we explore the multifaceted dimensions of great leadership as a work in progress.

We kick the issue off with 10 Shifts That Are Making Waves Across Industries, where McKinsey & Co.’s Patrick Simon and his co-authors describe 10 transformational changes that have significant implications for leaders everywhere.

Is AI an Existential Threat? There are definitely conflicting opinions. Three experts, including the University of Toronto’s Schwartz Reisman Chair in Technology and Society and Rotman Professor of Strategy Gillian Hadfield, debate the issue.

Elsewhere in this issue, in our Thought Leader Interview we speak with Carol Anne Hilton, founder of the Indigenomics Institute, about the progress being made in Canada’s Indigenous economy; MIT’s Barbara Wixom and colleagues present a framework for monetizing organizational data; and Rotman Professor Glen Whyte and his co-authors describe how to protect your digital assets.

In our Idea Exchange, Alex Osterwalder (#4 on the Thinkers50) describes how to become an invincible organization; Harvard’s Alison Wood Brooks breaks down the science of great conversations; Oxford’s Paulo Savaget describes four ‘workarounds’ for innovative outcomes; Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull shares insights for building a creative culture; and Rotman faculty Eric Kirzner, Hai Lu, Jee-Eun Shin, Dilip Soman and Tanjim Hossain share their latest ideas.

With so much work to be done in the world, this is a daunting time to be a leader. By embracing the mindsets and principles presented in this issue, we feel certain you will be able to navigate challenges more effectively and have a positive impact. But make no mistake: having an impact over time demands constant evolution. Just remember: we are all works in progress. 


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Karen Christensen, Editor in Chief

Twitter: @RotmanMgmtMag

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