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IBM Global CEO Study: Fewer than Half Can Handle Increased Complexity

There’s no doubt that the global business climate is becoming increasingly complex to navigate. IBM’s Global Business Services division interviewed more than 1500 CEOs and found that most of them think creativity will be the most important skill to navigate the new landscape. CEOs recognize that the future has unknown challenges, but more than half …

There’s no doubt that the global business climate is becoming increasingly complex to navigate. IBM’s Global Business Services division interviewed more than 1500 CEOs and found that most of them think creativity will be the most important skill to navigate the new landscape.

CEOs recognize that the future has unknown challenges, but more than half of them don’t think that their companies have the skills and infrastructure to handle this complexity. This is where creativity comes in, “the biggest challenge facing enterprises from here on will be the accelerating complexity and the velocity of a world that is operating as a massively interconnected system.”

These CEOs listed what qualities creative leaders will need to steer their companies going forward. IBM has concluded that creative leaders:

  1. “Expect to make more business model changes to realize their strategies
  2. Invite disruptive innovation, encourage others to drop outdated approaches and take balanced risks
  3. Consider previously unheard of ways to drastically change the enterprise for the better, setting the stage for innovation that helps them engage more effectively
  4. Are comfortable with ambiguity and experiment to create new business models
  5. Score much higher on innovation as a crucial capability and more of them expect to change their business models
  6. Are courageous and visionary enough to make decisions that alter the status quo
  7. Will invent new business models based on entirely different assumptions”

Read: IBM 2010 Global CEO Study: Creativity Selected as Most Crucial Factor for Future Success

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