Why do many companies state they want change but then often fire employees who truly rock the boat in their efforts to shift the paradigm to make improvements? How should “disposable visionaries”—leaders who are passionate about new ideas, but who underestimate or intentionally ignore the political environment that supports maintaining the status quo and consequently are in danger of losing their jobs—keep their passion regardless of the opposition… and also keep their jobs?
Written with wit and filled with poignant insights and well-documented examples, this book provides practical advice and encouragement to those who are driven to promote new ideas and reach new levels of achievement. Not just for executive-level corporate leaders frustrated by their company’s resistance to change, the information and inspiration presented will be enlightening to anyone who has ever been puzzled or annoyed by obstructive internal politics at work.
Readers will come away with effective ways to deal with politics, champion breakthrough innovation, be recognized as their organization’s most valuable asset, and unlock their potential to change the competitive playing field. The book will also be invaluable for business students who need to be aware of potential obstacles they will likely face as they embark on their careers.
- Helps visionaries to identify their character traits, both positive and negative, and gives them direction on how to hang on to their idealism while more clearly perceiving how their actions affect others in the organization, including their managers, corporate leadership, or board of directors
- Describes a previously undocumented yet common dynamic that has frustrated many ambitious employees, told from the visionary's own viewpoint
- Explains how to manage visionaries more effectively by encouraging them to make meaningful contributions that can be embraced and claimed by others in the organization
- Enables leaders who are change agents to improve their chances of staying in an executive position long enough for their ideas to gel and take positive effect
- Features interesting profiles of (ultimately) successful visionaries—maverick leaders who were often initially fired or smothered for their methods and mindsets—throughout the book