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Achieving Ambidextrous Leadership: Driving 'Perform & Transform' Innovation for Step-Changed Business Results

Ambidexterity conveys the two-handed finesse to successfully take on a task with deft touch and wise judgement to deliver a smooth solution. Such an approach captures the challenge innovation leaders face in the post-COVID, de-globalizing world. This new world will see companies aiming to restore profitability with purpose. Innovation leaders are likely to be pivotal in making this transition a reality.

Our briefing is based on interviews and discussions with heads of innovation at 20 major international companies enabling us to identify Ambidextrous Leadership (AL) is required to achieve the optimal balance between what we call “Perform&Transform” to drive step-changed business results.  We introduce five principles and three supporting pillars…

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Rita Shor

Co-Leader Innovation & Digital Transformation Institute


John Metselaar

Co-Leader Innovation & Digital Transformation Institute



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