“Much is said these days about building bridges to the 21st century, and savvy businesspeople are constantly on the lookout for ways to make this colorful metaphor into reality. Thinking in the Future Tense: Leadership Skills for a New Age, by author and business lecturer Jennifer James, clearly establishes the framework for a real-world transition” (Amazon.com).
American business, economics, and society are changing at a phenomenal rate. The pressure is on, and managers need to learn faster, think smarter, and free themselves from confining assumptions and old mindsets. In this important book, James—"the Margaret Mead of modern business"—reveals the business survival skills managers need to know to operate in this new fashion.
James focuses on qualities she says contribute to better leadership, such as perspective, cultural knowledge and valuing diversity. A Washington urban cultural anthropologist, she concentrates on the impact of social trends and fads in America. She notes that success in business and life requires rapid change, that leadership in the 1990s must be different to be effective. Improvements come from mastering "new forms of intelligence." However, too many glib generalizations and the lack of practical leadership suggestions mar the book. Also, one could ask if good leadership qualities really change rapidly, or if the basic qualities tend to stay the same. First serial to Working Woman.