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Traditional hierarchical structures are falling – is your organisation ready?

Emergent provides a handbook for navigating – and thriving in – the new cultural paradigm. More than a simple DIY for change, this book empowers organisations to diagnose change risk, address current shortcomings and adapt to the increasing current away from hierarchies to autonomous and interdependent networks. Unguided, most fail in their attempt; this shift exposes huge skills deficits, a lack of engagement, lack of value and meaning, market reach, penetration and more. Here, a twenty-year veteran of brand and culture transformation outlines a unique governance framework and blueprint for implementing and co-creating your own cultural shift. Methodologies from crowdsourcing and social movements are adopted as tools for initiating change and creating cultural cohesion around a higher purpose, and essential skills and tools help equip organisations and individuals for the emergent future.

Today's workplace demands are creating extraordinary challenges for organisations; power is shifting, and the spotlight has forced businesses to engage with stakeholders in more meaningful ways, and to acknowledge a need for radical ‘humanization' of the workplace. To drive successful change you need to spark a movement. This book provides a way forward through the transition, with expert guidance and a clear, actionable framework for implementation.

  • Adopt a unique governance framework for culture transformation
  • Energise, mobilise and catalyse change, innovation and growth
  • Address skills deficits, values misalignment, failed engagement and more
  • Ignite your organisation's purpose and forge sustainability for the future

The demand for greater values alignment, autonomy and individual empowerment – fuelled by technology and increasing interdependencies – is bringing down the traditional power structure. The question is: what moves into its place? A strong organisational culture is the difference between surviving and thriving in the marketplace. Emergent provides a practical blueprint for transformation to help your organisation navigate the shift successfully.


STEPHEN SCOTT JOHNSON is an expert in organisational change with more than 20 years of experience in global business. He is a highly sought after international mentor and keynote speaker in enterprise co-creation, crowdsourcing and movements. His work is featured in BRW, Fast Company, Huffington Post and National Marketing Mag.

Find out more at: www.stephenscottjohnson.com


About the author xi

Gratitudes xiii

Foreword xvii

Introduction xxi

Part I Innovation 1

1 Challenging the fear and fatigue of change 3

2 Navigating workplace complexity 17

3 Naked and extraordinary 49

Part II Transformation 57

4 From institutional to collective power 59

5 Corporate social responsibility is dead 73

6 Conscious leadership and culture 87

Part III Evolution 105

7 A culture for engagement 107

8 Co-creation: Test. Fail. Learn. Adapt. 135

9 The sacred geometry of higher purpose 155

Conclusion 197

Appendix 199

Index 203