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Executive leadership faces new vulnerabilities. Many leaders privately concede them, but few are willing to talk publicly about them. ‘Unthinkable’ events since 2014 have revealed a new leadership fragility at the highest levels. And the pace of change in 2017 shows that the uncertainties are greater than ever. Is this the ‘new normal?’

Thinking The Unthinkable is a rolling, ongoing, dynamic investigation into why leaders have appeared more unable or unwilling than ever to anticipate the biggest issues of our time. Since 2014 these have included the new assertiveness of President Putin’s Russia, the rise of so-called ‘Islamic state’, the oil price crash, cyber-vulnerability, the exponential growth in mass migration and the Brexit vote and the election of President Trump.

Why are current leadership behaviours and culture apparently not fit for purpose? What are the causes of so many failures in policy and strategic forecasting? Are they human frailties? Or are they systemic failures to embrace smartly new realities?

These critical questions were put in extended confidential interviews with top senior executives and senior public servants. Their candid responses formed the basis for the findings of the Thinking The Unthinkable interim report written by Nik Gowing and Chris Langdon.

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Join the authors to discuss the report in this interactive session.


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