Chapter 1

The quest for agility in a turbulent world

Disruption is the teacher, not the enemy, of agile leaders


A disrupted world

When Frederick was a child, his father told him a story about a river frothing and foaming in full flood during a storm. He described how a huge tree cracked, then snapped under the weight of the water. But the reeds near the riverbank bent and bowed in the torrent, their roots holding them anchored in place. The next day the reeds recovered and stretched themselves up towards the sky, while the remains of the tree were carried away downstream. Perhaps you know this story from Aesop’s fables?

Some leaders try to ...

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