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This guide shows readers how to transform a traditional organization into an evolutionary one with a framework and mindset that offer a new way of leading and approaching change.

Now more than ever, society is demanding change, and organizations are being asked to shift into more conscious and agile business practices. Yet, most of what people believe about leadership, effective workplaces, and how to create lasting change is either incomplete or outright incorrect. And even if the desire to change is there, understanding of how to achieve it is elusive.

This book holds the key. It introduces the Shift Evolutionary Leadership Framework (SELF), which helps leaders create the understanding and application needed to evolve high performance. At the core of the book are dozens of business patterns that cut across seven dimensions of organizational functioning. The traps of traditional organizations are contrasted with the high-performance practices of evolutionary organizations. Authors Michael Sahota and Audree Tata Sahota explain the steps of leading beyond change—evolving beyond servant leadership to make the inner shift needed to unlock the practical skills and techniques.

Whether readers call this shift business agility, Teal Agility, evolutionary, or the future of work, it is possible to create high-performing organizations filled with energized people who are able to surf the waves of change.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Part One. Starting the Journey
    1. 1. An Invitation to the Extraordinary
    2. 2. Setup for Success
    3. 3. Leading: The Evolution of Leadership
    4. 4. Beyond: From Traditional to Evolutionary
    5. 5. Change: A Radically Different Journey
    6. 6. Getting the Most from Patterns
  7. Part Two. Patterns for Leading Beyond Change
    1. 7. Unlearning Reality: Can You Handle the Truth?
    2. Pattern 7.1 From Denial to Discovering Reality
    3. Pattern 7.2 From Learning to Unlearning
    4. Pattern 7.3 From the Problem Is out There to the Solution Is in Here
    5. 8. Getting Results: Beyond Organizational Survival
    6. Pattern 8.1 From “We Are OK” to Thriving in a Complex World
    7. Pattern 8.2 From Traditional Management to Knowledge Workers
    8. Pattern 8.3 From Business as Usual to High-Performance Organizations
    9. 9. The Truth about Your Organizational Culture
    10. Pattern 9.1 From Customer First to Employee First
    11. Pattern 9.2 From Oppression to Enablement
    12. Pattern 9.3 From Ignoring Culture to Understanding Culture
    13. Pattern 9.4 From Values on Posters to “Culture Follows Leadership”
    14. 10. It’s All about the People
    15. Pattern 10.1 From Attracting Talent to Caring about People
    16. Pattern 10.2 From Fear and Stress to Psychological Safety
    17. Pattern 10.3 From Status and Domination to Equal Voice
    18. Pattern 10.4 From Disengagement to Engagement
    19. Pattern 10.5 From Strengths Development to Self-Development
    20. 11. The Paradox of Power
    21. Pattern 11.1 From Exercising Power to Leading through Influence
    22. Pattern 11.2 From Serving Goals to Serving Purpose
    23. Pattern 11.3 From Command and Control to Letting Go of Control
    24. Pattern 11.4 From Eliminating Hierarchy to Increasing Freedom
    25. Pattern 11.5 From Autonomous to Interdependent
    26. Pattern 11.6 From Self-Organization to Responsibility
    27. Pattern 11.7 From Empowerment to Sharing Decisions
    28. Pattern 11.8 From Giving Orders to Using the Advice Process
    29. 12. Organizational Evolution
    30. Pattern 12.1 From Big Bang Transformation to Navigating Complexity
    31. Pattern 12.2 From Strategic Plans to Evolving Culture
    32. Pattern 12.3 From Urgency to Desire
    33. Pattern 12.4 From Rollout Plans to Local Evolution
    34. Pattern 12.5 From Changing Structures to Evolving People
    35. Pattern 12.6 From Leadership Support to Leadership Leadership
    36. Pattern 12.7 From Resistance to Invitation
    37. Pattern 12.8 From Mandate to Inspiration
    38. 13. Evolutionary Leadership
    39. Pattern 13.1 From Managing People to Valuing People
    40. Pattern 13.2 From Outcomes to Developing Leaders
    41. Pattern 13.3 From Using Authority to Leading by Example
    42. Pattern 13.4 From Unaware to Conscious
    43. Pattern 13.5 From Doing to Being
    44. Pattern 13.6 From Leadership Development to Self-Evolution
    45. Pattern 13.7 From Changing the Organization to Peace with the Ego
  8. Part Three. Integration and Application
    1. 14. Leading: Your Evolutionary Journey
    2. 15. Beyond: Moving into the Beyond
    3. 16. Change: Evolving Your Organization
    4. 17. Application Tips and Traps
    5. 18. Continuing the Journey
  9. Appendix: SHIFT314 Evolutionary Leadership Framework (SELF)
  10. References
  11. Acknowledgments
  12. Index
  13. About the Authors
  14. About the Illustrator