Vadim Kotelnikov

Extreme Leadership

Leading in a rapidly changing business environment

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Why Extreme Leadership?

We are living in an economy characterized by rapid unpredictable change and volatility. Volatility and chaos aren't bad or good they are just realities.

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This venture leadership style is especially relevant when you innovate proactively, launch a world-changing high-growth startup, lead a big change or radical innovation project. Leading such ventures is a war-style journey because they have a lot of diverse enemies.



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Change creates Leaders, Leaders create Change.

Vadim Kotelnikov, founder of 1000ventures - personal logo VadiK

Inventor Business e-Coach

Author Innoball

Founder Innompic Games icon



While associated with strife, hardship, and discontent, volatility and chaos are also synonyms for fundamental change, breakthroughs, discoveries, and optimist. "In this new world, leaders must anticipate, rush to think, reach out, build enduring bonds with customers and stakeholders, and get comfortable with leading at the edge of chaos," says Emmet C. Murphy.



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See change as n opportunity and
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Foresight and change anticipation is a hallmark of great leaders. To guide your organization through volatile times, you must learn how to see the patterns in chaos and take charge, learn how to act boldly to safeguard your organization and lead it to a brighter future, and to alter your strategies to prepare for whatever the world may bring next.


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To lead in volatile times you must:





→ know how to create change in order to stay ahead of the volatility curve and its inherent dangers

→ learn to assess quickly and manage constantly emerging opportunities, rapid upturns and downturns

→ learn to anticipate and prepare for volatility

→ distinguish structure and rules amidst chaos




Two managerial techniques for turbulent times:

① Practice crisis anticipation

② Determine what can go wrong


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Example: BP

Finding an Equilibrium between Chaos and Order

When John Browne became head of BP exploration he was determined to create more value for both customers and shareholders.

Although BP was successful, Browne knew that the world was changing and in the face of an uncertain future, the business had to become more adaptive.

So what did he do? He did not call in the strategic planners or continue to restructure and rationalize assets. Instead, he took a more courageous step and decided to raise the creative tension. Moving with, rather than against, the increasingly heightened turbulence, Browne established the preconditions necessary for creating such tension and deliberately moved the organization to a situation that was at the edge of chaos. That is, the point at which a natural equilibrium is found between chaos and order, comparable to the conditions in the evolving natural world.

Browne and his team were consciously evolving BP into an adaptive entrepreneurial organization, one that would be better able to survive and prosper in today's uncertain and turbulent times.

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