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Change happens exponentially. We review a book on owning the future

The world is changing exponentially as globalisation gathers pace and technology advances relentlessly, says Salim Ismail in “Exponential Organizations”.

We are, slowly but surely, advancing from a world of scarcity into one of abundance.

Our organisations, however, remain linear.

It’s time to introduce the Exponential Organisation to deal with an exponential age, argues Ismail.

In the first half of the book he unpacks the 10 features of Exponential Organisations.

The second half is a how-to guide:

  • How can an entrepreneur create a startup that is “exponential age-ready”?

  • How do you apply these principles to a mid-sized company?

  • How can you retrofit this philosophy into established, large organisations?

The book includes a diagnostic survey that assigns you an Exponential Quotient (ExQ) score based on answers about your business.

We are seeing a transformation in business that hasn't been seen in the last hundred years - the future will be owned by this new breed of Exponential Organisations. How scalable is your organization? Is it an Exponential Organisation?

Salim Ismail

We interviewed Stephen van Coller, CEO of the Investment Banking Unit at Barclays Africa, who reviewed “Exponential Organizations”.

Listen to the audio (scroll down) for more detail.

It’s actually a very easy book to read.

Stephen van Coller, CEO of the Investment Banking Unit at Barclays Africa

Why did Nokia fail? Why is Uber so successful? And how do you apply the answers to these questions to your business?

Stephen van Coller, CEO of the Investment Banking Unit at Barclays Africa

Your phone gives you access to more information than Bill Clinton had when he was President of the United States.

Stephen van Coller, CEO of the Investment Banking Unit at Barclays Africa

Don’t think 10 percent change next year; think 10 times change next year!

Stephen van Coller, CEO of the Investment Banking Unit at Barclays Africa

Can you build a company where the cost of acquiring an extra client trends to zero?

Stephen van Coller, CEO of the Investment Banking Unit at Barclays Africa

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