The Phoenix Encounter Method: Implementation Guide

  • 1h 32m
  • Ian C. Woodward, Ram Charan, Sameer Hasija, V. Paddy Padmanabhan
  • McGraw-Hill
  • 2021

The hands-on playbook for transforming your business with today’s most radically effective leadership thinking

In The Phoenix Encounter Method, a dream team of INSEAD professors together with the legendary Ram Charan and provided a radical new game plan for transforming any organization. It’s about figuratively “burning your business to the ground,” turning the upheaval to your advantage, and rising from the ashes stronger than ever. Their method isn’t conventional, and it can be daunting―but it works.

Now, the authors provide the play-by-play manual you need to implement their strategic thinking approach for maximum impact. Written in full alignment with the original book, The Phoenix Encounter Method Implementation Guide walks you through the three phases to create a future-ready organization:

Phoenix Seeking: confront old mindsets, identify new threats and opportunities, prepare for the Encounter battlefield to come.

Phoenix Burning: enter the battlefield of Extreme Attack and Horizon Defense, where you apply Encounter tools of Proactive Scanning and the rituals for Completely Opposite Viewpoints Debates, including Radical Ideation and the Separation Imperative to generate a wider set of options.

Phoenix Rising: turn battlefield insights into a Future-Facing Blueprint, as well as analysis, planning, and execution work.

Whether you’re a corporate leader, academic, consultant, or executive trainer, The Phoenix Encounter Method Implementation Guide provides everything you need to embrace the firestorm of change raging through today’s business world, to drive revenue, profits, and long-term sustainability.

About the Authors

Ian C. Woodward is Director of INSEAD’s Advanced Management Program and lectures on a wide range of topics including strategic thinking and leadership communication.

V. “Paddy” Padmanabhan is Professor of Marketing and the Unilever Chaired Professor of Marketing at the INSEAD Asia campus. He is the Academic Director of the Emerging Markets Institute.

Sameer Hasija is Professor of Technology and Operations Management at INSEAD.

Ram Charan is a world-renowned business advisor, author, and speaker who has spent the past 35 years working with many of the leading CEOs and companies of our time. His work has appeared in Harvard Business Review, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Time, Chief Executive and USA TODAY.

In this Book

  • Getting Started with the Phoenix Encounter Method—Background and Pre-Work
  • Phase One: Phoenix Seeking—Encounter Groundwork
  • Phase Two: Phoenix Burning—Encounter Battlefield: Extreme Attack
  • Phase Two: Phoenix Burning—Encounter Battlefield: Horizon Defense
  • Phase Three: Phoenix Rising—Encounter Breakthrough


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