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Capitalizing On Complexity

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The IBM Institute for Business Value and IBM Strategy & Change recently published the results of their biennial study that attempts to better understand the challenges and goals of today’s CEOs (a link to this report is at the end of this article). IBM's own CEO, Samuel J. Palmisano, gives a concise summary of their findings…

  1. The world’s private and public sector leaders believe that a rapid escalation of “complexity” is the biggest challenge confronting them. They expect it to continue—indeed, to accelerate—in the coming years.

  2. They are equally clear that their enterprises today are not equipped to cope effectively with this complexity in the global environment.

  3. Finally, they identify “creativity” as the single most important leadership competency for enterprises seeking a path through this complexity.

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