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What leaders are saying about our book

by Carley Bowman

We have been sharing Thinking the Unthinkable’s findings around the world since launching our new book in June 2018.

Here’s what some of those who have read it have been saying.

So, I just finished reading TTU on my flight home from Oslo and am blown away, what an incredible book. I took a huge amount of notes as there are so many ideas to follow up on and unpack. Congrats again, this is awesome. A real game changer.

Ted Souder
Google Head of Industry, Retail
Ted Souder, Google Head of Industry, Retail

I must congratulate you both on an excellently and compelling narrative - I particularly like the style – it’s hard to ignore what you are saying, unless as you say you are in complete denial!

I know all this from my work and experience over the last 12 years, and it was fantastic to put a geopolitical context for it.

Andrew Thornton
Entrepreneur and Founder of Heart In Business
Andrew Thornton, Entrepreneur and Founder of Heart In Business

I finished your outstanding book while vacationing with family in China. You and I share so much in values and observations! And I’ve certainly learned from you through your great book as well. Yes indeed—political correctness and career conformity per se will kill people’s bright future…

Jason Ma
Founder and CEO Three EQ
Jason Ma, Founder and CEO Three EQ

You will be surprised by the degree to which senior leaders were willing to say how unprepared they and their organizations were to deal with the unthinkable—including many who did so on the record … These weren’t people who normally cry wolf.

Chip Hauss
Senior Fellow for Innovation and emeritus member of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Peacebuilding
Chip Hauss, Senior Fellow for Innovation and emeritus member of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Peacebuilding

This is an amazing piece of work! It deals with the little-known irony that those with the most decision-making power often feel under the most pressure to conform to the systems and norms around them.

This explains why our institutions, whether national, regional or international, have been caught off guard. And why we are stuck in reactive, rather than proactive, mode.

The need for a strategic overhaul in our thinking is widely acknowledged, though few know how to go about it. I think giving a copy of this book to every world leader would be a good place to start.

Miroslav Lajčák
Former President of the UN General Assembly, Foreign Minister of Slovakia
Miroslav Lajčák, Former President of the UN General Assembly, Foreign Minister of Slovakia

I can say, very genuinely, that what you’re working on is hugely important. But it is also difficult because it is human nature to react to crises but not to prepare for and pre-empt them.

Kristalina Georgieva
CEO, The World Bank
Kristalina Georgieva, CEO, The World Bank

This book is timely, scary and important. One hopes it will be widely read, and that it will resonate with those in demanding senior roles in both public and private sectors who are overwhelmed by the fast-changing and complex challenges they confront. Still more importantly, one hopes that it will trigger wide debate and thereby help to reduce the probability of the ‘unthinkable’ setbacks that threaten our current civilization, threats about which too many people are still in denial.

Lord Martin Rees
Astronomer Royal, Co-founder, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, Cambridge University
Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, Co-founder, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, Cambridge University

With so much change in business and in the political arena, you can either play safe in responding, or as this wonderful book encourages the reader you can “thrive on change”. Thinking the Unthinkable engages leaders to engage with ideas that may appear or may be in the short run disruptive but will lead to innovative outcomes, products and services. This is a must read for all leaders in all sectors!

Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE
ALLIANCE Manchester Business School
Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE, ALLIANCE Manchester Business School

Fear, uncertainty and discontent is growing. Politicians and businesses are struggling for the answers. The age of the power of nation states is drawing to a close. But what will replace it? In this thoughtful book the issues are explored, and a well-reasoned case put forward to Think the Unthinkable.

Lord Mark Price
Founder Engaging Works, Author, former Managing Director of Waitrose, former Deputy Chairman of John Lewis Partnership and former Minister for Trade and Investment
Lord Mark Price, Founder Engaging Works, Author, former Managing Director of Waitrose, former Deputy Chairman of John Lewis Partnership and former Minister for Trade and Investment

A connected world is a complex world. Once stable sand piles are cascading all around us in the economic, social and political and strategic domains. As some of today’s most important government and corporate leaders confess to authors Nik Gowing and Chris Langdon, they feel helplessly behind the pace of change. And yet, we are all price takers, but we are not helpless. Read this important book for guidance on navigating a world of unthinkables.

Dr Parag Khanna
Author, Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization
Dr Parag Khanna, Author, Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization

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Or outside the UK buy directly from our publisher John Catt Educational

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