Name: Karlin Sloan
Title of Book: UNFEAR: Facing Change in an Era of Uncertainty
What are some of the main themes of your book?
I’ve found that there is one thing in common with all of the clients we work with as a leadership development company right now – they are leading in a new context – one that includes massive job losses, growing populations, and greater interconnectedness globally. Leaders are facing their own limits as they manage 24/7 communication and transactions. They are facing their own fears and the fears of others, and they need tools and ideas that can help them navigate in a rapidly changing business landscape.
What prompted you to write the book?
I think there are some inspiring and incredible stories out there. In working with companies like P&G and Yahoo!, I’ve seen some amazing things that need to be shared with the world. New ways of working and relating to each other that reduce fear, build community, and grow our sense of purpose and meaning – all of which help to stoke the engines of success.
There’s another factor I want to give fair weight here. We’re facing massive change not just as leaders but as a species, and it’s time to stop putting our heads in the sand and start getting excited about what and how we can contribute to making our organizations part of the solution, rather than part of the problem.
What sparks your creativity?
New cultures really spark my creativity, whether it is a new corporate culture (and I see lots of them) or traveling to a new country or a culture that is very different from my own. I love to learn and to adapt, and to build bridges where there may have been a lack of understanding before.
What recently sparked your curiosity and how did you satisfy it?
I had to find out what all the hype was about – so I’m finally reading “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo!” You’ll have to wait on my review…
What’s one big thing you want people to take away from your book?
We’ve entered a new era – one in which solving world problems is the task of business and business leadership. The way we’ve addressed leadership and management in the past is no longer useful. We need new skills, new competencies, and new attitudes in order to inspire and lead through change and challenge. My hope is that everyone who reads this book is inspired to discuss it, and that the exercises and discussion prompts are used widely!
Join us here at the Catalyst Ranch for our next Match Books Event Thursday, January 20th 2011 from 6pm to 8:30 pm, when we welcome Karlin Sloan and discuss her book “UNFEAR: Facing Change in an Era of Uncertainty”. Check out our Happenings Page for all the info!