Constant change does not mean bombarding employees with one change initiative after another. Even several changes at the same time can reduce an organization’s capacity for change, reinforce the status quo and lead to less real change. So how does an organization adapt and move through change without major disruptions to its operations? Clearly, it requires a fundamental shift in the way change is approached. How do leaders move away from an approach that manages each organizational change as an isolated activity?
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Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Arbuckle Professor at the Harvard Business School and Chair & Director of the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative, Harvard Business School
Rosabeth Moss Kanter holds the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professorship at Harvard Business School, where she specializes in strategy, innovation, and leadership for change. She is also Chair and Director of the Harvard University Advanced Leadersh... More View all posts
Rosabeth Moss Kanter holds the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professorship at Harvard Business School, where she specializes in strategy, innovation, and leadership for change. She is also Chair and Director of the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative, an innovation that helps successful leaders at the top of their professions apply their skills to national and global challenges in their next life stage. A collaboration across all of Harvard, the Advanced Leadership Initiative aims to build a new leadership force for the world. Her latest book, MOVE: Putting America's Infrastructure Back in the Lead, is a sweeping look across industries and technologies shaping the future of mobility and the leadership required for transformation. Her strategic and practical insights guide leaders of large and small organizations worldwide, through her teaching, writing, and direct consultation to major corporations and governments. The former chief Editor of Harvard Business Review, Professor Kanter has been repeatedly named to lists of the “50 most powerful women in the world” (Times of London), and the “50 most influential business thinkers in the world” (Thinkers 50). She has received 24 honorary doctoral degrees, as well as numerous leadership awards, lifetime achievement awards, and prizes. These include the Academy of Management’s Distinguished Career Award for scholarly contributions to management knowledge; the World Teleport Association's “Intelligent Community Visionary of the Year” award; the International Leadership Award from the Association of Leadership Professionals; and the Warren Bennis Award for Leadership Excellence. She is the author or coauthor of 19 books. Her book The Change Masters was named one of the most influential business books of the 20th century (Financial Times). SuperCorp: How Vanguard Companies Create Innovation, Profits, Growth, and Social Good, a manifesto for leadership of sustainable enterprises, was named one of the ten best business books of 2009 by Amazon.com. A related article, "How Great Companies Think Differently," received Harvard Business Review's 2011 McKinsey Award for the year's two best articles. Confidence: How Winning Streaks & Losing Streaks Begin & End (a New York Times business bestseller and #1 Business Week bestseller), describes the culture of high-performance organizations compared with those in decline and shows how to lead turnarounds, whether in businesses, schools, sports teams, or countries. Men & Women of the Corporation, winner of the C. Wright Mills award for the best book on social issues and called a classic, offers insight into the individual and organizational factors that promote success or perpetuate disadvantage; a spin-off video, A Tale of ‘O’: On Being Different, is a widely-used tool for diversity training. A related book, Work & Family in the United States, set a policy agenda; later, a coalition of university centers created in her honor the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for the best research on work/family issues. Another award-winning book, When Giants Learn to Dance, showed how to master the new terms of competition at the dawn of the global information age. World Class: Thriving Locally in the Global Economy identified the rise of new business networks and dilemmas of globalization, a theme she continues to pursue in her new book MOVE and the Harvard Business School U.S. Competitiveness Project. Through her consulting arm, Goodmeasure Inc., she advises numerous CEOs and has partnered with IBM on applying her leadership tools from business to other sectors as a Senior Advisor for IBM’s Global Citizenship portfolio. She has served on many business and non-profit boards, such as City Year, the urban “Peace Corps” addressing the school dropout crisis through national service, and on a variety of national or regional commissions including the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors. She speaks widely, often sharing the platform with Presidents, Prime Ministers, and CEOs at national and international events, such as the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Before joining the Harvard Business School faculty, she held tenured professorships at Yale University and Brandeis University and was a Fellow at Harvard Law School, simultaneously holding a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Michigan. Less View all posts
Georgette Kiser, Chief Information Officer, The Carlyle Group
Georgette Kiser is a Managing Director and Chief Information Officer at The Carlyle Group. She is responsible for leading the firm’s Global Technology and Solutions (GTS) organization and developing and driving the IT strategy across the ... More View all posts
Georgette Kiser is a Managing Director and Chief Information Officer at The Carlyle Group. She is responsible for leading the firm’s Global Technology and Solutions (GTS) organization and developing and driving the IT strategy across the global enterprise, which includes the firm’s application development, data, digital, infrastructure, and program management and outsourcing activities. Prior to Carlyle, she was a Vice President of T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. where she headed the Enterprise Solutions and Capabilities within the Services and Technology Organization. Ms. Kiser lead and managed teams that provided creative solutions and technological leverage for Investment Front Office, Trading, and Back office operations. Prior to T. Rowe Price, she worked for General Electric within their Aerospace Unit. She earned a B.S. in mathematics with a minor computer science from the University of Maryland, College Park, an M.S. in mathematics from Villanova University, and an M.B.A from the University of Baltimore. Ms. Kiser has served on various non-profit boards including The Boys' Latin School of Maryland, the T. Rowe Price Foundation Board, Maryland Business Roundtable STEMnet Advisory Board, University of Baltimore Foundation, and the Kennesaw State University Brian Jordan Center for Excellence and Professional Development at Lakepoint. Less View all posts