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ESCAPE the Past: Six Steps to Successful Change Leadership

Published: 09 November 2016

ID: G00319697

Analyst(s): Elise Olding , Bard Papegaaij


Traditional change management is insufficient in a digital era of uncertainty and constant change. Today’s environment demands change leadership that embraces the flux of digital business and builds sustainable organizational capabilities. The ESCAPE model distills change leadership into six steps.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Question
  • Opportunities and Challenges
  • How This Report Will Help


  • Acknowledgments

Executive Summary

  • Change leadership shifts mental models
  • Change leadership starts with inspiration
  • Change leadership solicits engagement

Change leadership shifts mental models

  • The myth of change resistance
  • Change leadership inspires and engages people to shift mental models

Change leadership starts with inspiration

  • Envision
  • Share
  • Compose

Change leadership solicits engagement

  • Attract
  • Permit
  • Enable


  • Becoming a leader of change

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