“The book ‘Leadership in Disruptive Times: Negotiating the New Balance’ by Prof. Sattar Bawany is essential reading for all business leaders in today’s world. In his latest work, Prof. Bawany uses real-life case studies to illustrate the challenges companies face in the modern world and explains why some have managed to adapt effectively and even thrive, while others have quickly fallen by the wayside. Each company will face unique challenges; however, Prof. Bawany explains that the underlying themes are remarkably similar, and lessons can be drawn from across different geographies and even unrelated industries. The pace of change is unlikely to slow and increasing complexity has become the norm for most organisations. This is the backdrop we must contend with, and this novel is a valuable resource for business leaders as they lead their organisations through disruptions and uncertainty.

Prof. Sattar Bawany has been an Executive Coach and mentor to me, and he’s someone I have come to respect and trust. He is a true leader in his field, and I marvel at his ability to draw on so many years of experience and apply those lessons in a completely new era. Somehow, Prof. Bawany is always able to separate the noise from the real underlying problem, and get leaders to think about themselves, their teams and their organisation in a very different way.”

Simon Sinclair
Chief Operating Officer, Commodities
Standard Chartered Bank

“Organizational crises present complex financial, social, and ethical issues and challenges as any emotionally charged situation that, once brought to public notice, invites negative stakeholder reaction and thereby has the potential to threaten the financial well-being, reputation, or survival of the firm or some portion thereof. A crisis occurs suddenly without warning and in an unprecedented manner, as with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Crises can overwhelm even the most experienced leaders, presenting unexpected, complex scenarios that develop rapidly and in several directions. Even when contingency plans have been prepared, those plans need to be adapted to rapidly changing circumstances. Fortunately, there are best practices tools, competencies to be adopted, and perspectives that leaders can use to steer their organizations during these difficult times, and these are found in Prof Sattar Bawany’s book ‘Leadership in Disruptive Times: Negotiating the New Balance’. The ” “𝑪.𝑹.𝑰.𝑺.𝑰.𝑺.” 𝑳𝒆𝒂𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒉𝒊𝒑 𝑴𝒐𝒅𝒆𝒍 provides businesses with the strategies to navigate the unprecedented challenges while operating in a global environment that is highly disruptive and increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA). A must-read for leaders across diverse organizations.”

Bill Lang
Executive Director, Small Business Australia
Chairman, Bill Lang International
Executive Chairman, Human Performance Company

“Creating and implementing a digital transformation strategy is no small undertaking, especially in a VUCA environment, but it is essential to remaining competitive in the marketplace. It helps save money with more efficient business processes, and at the same time provides a superior customer experience. Transforming the way a company does business opens new opportunities, provides an exciting new direction and attracts new customers. Prof Sattar Bawany lays the ground sharing what it takes to future-proof for the next potential pandemic in this latest edition of his book ‘Leadership in Disruptive Times: Negotiating the New Balance’.”

Dr Timothy Low
CEO & Board Member of Farrer Park Hospital, Singapore
Healthcare Investment Consultant, Pavilion Capital (Temasek)

“Professor Sattar Bawany has done an incredible job of tying together many relevant ideas in a coherent manner. ‘Leadership in Disruptive Times: Negotiating the New Balance’. is not only well researched; it also includes relevant case studies from progressive organisations which makes the book relevant in today’s highly uncertain and volatile environment. Creating Leadership Readiness to navigate the post-pandemic world requires a new set of skills. Professor Sattar Bawany provides insights and guidelines on how leaders can navigate the volatile environment in an era of disruptive and digitally driven future of work.”

Tan Sri Dato’ Dr R. Palan
Pro Chancellor
University of Cyberjaya, Malaysia

“We had already been living in a highly complex and fast-paced environment which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses and leaders don’t have the luxury of time to experiment if they want to stay relevant and will need to transform with agility and embrace bold actions with courage.

Sattar Bawany has very candidly highlighted these in his latest book and he offers global best practices, practical and proven frameworks, and approaches to realign the organization’s digital agenda for acceleration ahead. The book also highlights the trusted role of a mentor and mentee as they together navigate unchartered territories leaning on the experience and help in building the next generation of leaders.”

Sanjay Prabhakaran
Co-Founder, Asia Mentors Circle
Former President – Asia Pacific, Hologic, Inc. and Baxter International Inc.

“Once again, Prof Sattar Bawany is timely with the publication of this follow-up book ‘Leadership in Disruptive Times: Negotiating the New Balance’. In the past 2 years, leaders around the world steered and navigated the challenging COVID-19 management. Some are more successful than others. It is an intricate balance needed to protect the health and safety of employees, business partners, and communities; at the same time, the need to ensure the sustainability and maintain profitability & cash flow of their businesses. It’s not an easy task and this book provides better insights for leaders to navigate the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA) nature of the changing business landscape of the post-pandemic era!”

Cynthia Ooi
Chief Human Resource Officer
Texchem Group, Malaysia

“The latest book on ‘Leadership in Disruptive Times: Negotiating a New Balance’ by Prof Sattar Bawany is a must-read for leaders looking into insights about leading in a ‘new normal’ way. Professor Sattar has always been engaged and passionate in his work. He provides great advice and new perspectives for leaders who aspire to innovate, grow and transform the next generation of “disruptive digital leaders.”.

For HR leaders, our top priority is to create an engaged workforce and ensure employee wellness initiatives are integrated into the hybrid way of working. This book gives further insights, case studies and examples of innovative ways of doing things. It is very inspiring and a pleasure to read. He reiterates and reminds us to continue to reinvent ourselves with the right tools and frameworks so we can continue to lead, inspire and create a high-performance organization.”

Janet Quek (Ms)
Global Human Resource Business Partner (HRBP)
FrieslandCampina AMEA

“A digital transformation strategy gives a company a competitive edge in Industry 4.0. Digitally mature companies are fundamentally more efficient and responsive to customer demands. Successful employee attraction and retention are rewards of companies with a realized digital transformation strategy.

“The second edition of this book is a great and tireless effort by Sattar to distil and capture the importance of various aspects and attributes of leaders/leadership during these disruptive times (including the Covid pandemic). This second edition provides insights and quick references for the reader to navigate these ‘VUCA’ times and respond in a ‘VUCA’ way. Kudos for painstakingly putting together the second edition of this book ‘Leadership in Disruptive Times: Negotiating the New Balance’ despite the various exacting challenges over the past two years!”

Patrick Tay Teck Guan
Assistant Secretary-General, National Trade Union Congress (NTUC)
Member of Parliament for Pioneer SMC, Singapore

“The COVID 19 pandemic has turned the world topsy turvy. It has mercilessly shaken global economies, wiped out corporations, destroyed small businesses and brought immeasurable suffering to people around the world.

Professor Sattar Bawany’s book on ‘Leadership in Disruptive Times: Negotiating the New Balance’. could not have come at a better time. As the world is still reeling from the shock and crippling effects of the pandemic, his book offers practical advice, invaluable insights and contemporary case studies to help businesses and individuals navigate the highly unpredictable business environment. Disruption is the indisputable new normal and the book serves as the compass to guide anyone and everyone who embarks on the post-pandemic journey.”

Dave Phua
Managing Director
Training Edge International, Singapore

“I am amazed by the insightful simplicity sharing of Professor Sattar Bawany’s book in ‘Leadership in Disruptive Times: Negotiating the New Balance’. We all have heard of the term “he is the man of the hour”. I would call this publication “the book of the hour”.

The digitalization platform for doing business, leisure, travelling, security identification, family time, education, and workplaces (WFH or WFA) will continue to evolve. A must-read book for all progressive leaders. We have witnessed disruptive events happening during the pandemic period. In the post-pandemic and with rapidly advanced technologies, the need to “learn, relearn and unlearn” new skills in the era of the “next normal” or “new normal” will continue to be the common playing field.”

Lim Ban Huat
Vice President
BRICS-ASEAN Chamber of Commerce, Malaysia

“The latest book by Prof Sattar Bawany, ‘Leadership in Disruptive Times: Negotiating the New Balance’. is a testimony of his in-depth knowledge and understanding of the subject matter. Disruptive Leadership is a new age tool every leader from policymakers, politicians, corporate leaders and community leaders needs in the day-to-day management and decision making. It is a well-researched book with extensive references including articles from business and academic publications such as the Harvard Business Review to provide case centred best in class organizations’ experience. Disruptive Leadership is new, its current happening and it’s the result of a twist of the norm.

No economic nor management gurus in the past have presented or even talked about the theme of “Leadership in Disruptive Times.” In this regard, we would like to thank Professor Sattar Bawany for sharing his thought leadership from his extensive research, knowledge and understanding of the subject matter. The world will surely benefit from his wisdom in making it a better world.”

Thayalan Nathan
Founder & Principal
HELP International Business School of Wealth Management, Malaysia

“Shocks that affect global production are growing more frequent and more severe. Companies face a range of disruptions, from pandemics to natural disasters to geopolitical uncertainties and cyberattacks on their digital systems. Research has shown that the financial toll associated with the most extreme disruptive events has been climbing. These events can be distinguished by whether they can be anticipated, how frequently they occur, the breadth of impact across industries and geographies, and the magnitude of impact on supply and demand.

Prof Sattar Bawany’s latest book on ‘Leadership in Disruptive Times: Negotiating the New Balance’ provides the playbook on how organization and business leaders could mitigate these risks by preparing and ensuring the leadership readiness to take these challenges head-on.” A must-read for all leaders across all types of organizations and industries.”

Chew Heng Ching
Chairman, RHT G.R.A.C.E. Institute
Founding Chairman, Singapore Institute of Directors
Former Deputy Speaker and Member of Parliament of Singapore (1984 to 2006)

“Prof Sattar Bawany has done it again with his 2nd Edition book entitled ‘Leadership in Disruptive Times: Negotiating the New Balance’. The nuances that he has touched on in his 1st Edition have been plan fully built upon in this book. As leaders of businesses and managers of people, we are constantly striving for professional and operational excellence. The past 2 years have been challenging for most of us and a reframing of how we view the world around us is critical. Emerging technologies, changing demands and consumer behaviours have all contributed to a very different requirements for us as Leaders. Gone are terms like “new normal”, and gone are terms like “the great resignation”. In all honesty, it’s just the way business is and its effective evolution to adapt to the demands of the environment.

Sustainability is no longer the keyword, instead, the operative word is growth. And Prof Sattar Bawany has provided frameworks and thought-starters that will push any business leader into reframing her/his thought process and that of the supporting team. A must-have on the list of books to read for the year.”

Taranjeet Singh
Chair Regional Board of Chartered Management Institute, Malaysia
CEO Quantum Steppe Advisory, Professor of Practice Saito Business School
Global Master Coach ICF, Co-Founder JoOpps

“This book gave birth at the right time when we, the HR Leaders are in the spotlight to navigate our organizations with our compelling and challenging new role in response to the COVID-19 as well as the post-COVID-induced digital acceleration. To survive, businesses must adopt the future of work, and the capability to move with speed and agility is a critical capability HR can influence.

The book provides a guide and framework for the HR Leaders, which are in arguably the best position to see the overall organizational perspective and offer a systemic viewpoint, ensuring coordination, communication and collaboration across units, functions, and business groups in terms of leadership development intervention. This book also helps HR facilitate meaningful dialogues that help ensure the right amounts of reinvention, re-proportioning and re-prioritizing to adapt to shifting customer demands and markets in response to the crisis created by the pandemic. This is a mandatory read for all the C-Suites in my organization. Looking forward to the next book by Prof Bawany!”

Puan Rina Sarif
Chief Human Capital Officer,
Lembaga Tabung Haji, Malaysia

‘Leadership in Disruptive Times – Negotiating the New Balance’ is an apt continuation of the first edition that has provided practical insights for leaders of all levels and corporations to navigate the pandemic ridden world of business. This edition comes at a time when the world is still grappling with the best approach to transition from the pandemic to yet another new normal. Sattar Bawany has written a must-read material for any leaders aspiring to succeed in the ever-changing world of technological advancement and unpredictable ecological evolution.

We are now undoubtedly in the age of disruption. Quoting Charles Darwin – “it is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change”. The book gives a useful guide full of important information and contemporary analysis for leaders who want to future-proof their businesses and be not only responsive but also agile, adaptive and innovative.”

En. Mohamad Helmy Othman Basha
Group Managing Director
Sime Darby Plantation Berhad

“Prof. Sattar Bawany is a much sought-after and exemplary thought leader, being visionary and futuristic in outlook. The world order and business landscape have seen frequent disruptions arising from volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA), exacerbated by the global COVID-19 pandemic and the Omicron and Delta variants, and the steep escalation of the Russia-Ukrainian war on 24th February 2022 which started in 2014, among other things.

Prof. Bawany’s book ‘Leadership in Disruptive Times: Negotiating a New Balance’ (2023) provides useful and critical insights for a strategy map and thought-provoking leadership that reminds leaders to readily anticipate and provide sound and effective responses to disruptions arising from intense competition, IR 4.0 and increasing sustainability requirements to preserve the world order. An excellent book which should be on the reading list of every futuristic leader.”

Dato’ Dr. Lim Weng Khuan
Director People Quest Sdn Bhd
Council Member, Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF)

“As the world recovers from a global pandemic, CEOs and business leaders face an unprecedented challenge: to identify what works for a new and evolving today and what will be required to thrive tomorrow. Businesses have seen their operations disrupted during the global COVID-19 pandemic while digital adoption has accelerated at the same time to meet the myriad of organizational challenges related to Safe Management Measures (SMMs). Now is the time to capitalize on changes and seize the future in a post-pandemic era of the new world of work. Companies stand to benefit from being forward-thinking. Research has shown that organizations that invest in digital transformation are more likely to be among tomorrow’s strongest-performing businesses.

This Second Edition of the book ‘Leadership in Disruptive Times’ provides the best practices approaches and strategies by some of the world’s leading companies on how to be successful in implementing a digital-driven culture and developing the leadership pool of ‘disruptive digital leaders’ that are most critical for organizations to shape successful futures and reinvent for a profoundly different tomorrow. Decisions made in the coming months could determine the difference between thriving and struggling to survive in the next five to ten years.”

Chew Kwee Tiang (Mrs)
Senior Director, Wellness, National Healthcare Group (NHG)
Senior Advisor, NHG Board of Advisors
Former CEO, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

“Prof. Sattar Bawany’s Second Edition of ‘Leadership in Disruptive Times’ is a seminal masterpiece in understanding the interrelated and interconnected issues related to the disruptions that are currently confronting humanity. Not every disruption is driven by advances in technology, as we have seen in the case of the COVID-19 pandemic since early 2020, where organizations all over the world face an uncertain future in a global business environment that is highly disruptive and increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (collectively known as VUCA).

He built upon his earlier insights into an understanding of disruptive leadership and provides the case for organizations to revisit and, at times, reinvent their people strategy, internal systems, and processes, and deploy the technologies that would suit disruptive times. Furthermore, in this latest book replete with case studies, he lucidly analyzes the challenges, risks, and opportunities of a world continuing to reel from the COVID-19 pandemic overhang and other geostrategic threats. A must-read for strategic thinking CEOs and policymakers and indeed those aspiring to leadership roles in both private and public sectors.”

Ambassador Dato’ Thanarajasingam Subramaniam
Member of Ambassadorial Advisory Panel, InvestKL, Malaysia
Senior Independent Non-Executive Director, OSK Holdings Berhad.
Deputy Secretary-General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia (2004 – 2006)
Chief of Staff, President of the United Nations General Assembly (1997)

“The changing world of work throws up many challenges as well as opportunities. Organizations need to address the megatrends and disruptions that are transforming the world we live in including debates on climate change, demographic changes, technological advancements, geopolitical trends, etc. The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic further exacerbated many of these trends and disruptions and unleashed a series of mega shocks to society as a whole, and to work and education in particular.

Challenges are emerging on both the supply and the demand side of work and education. On the supply side, an increase in demand for appropriate skills (and notably digital skills) as well as access to infrastructure (and notably connectivity) and services. While on the demand side, the need for the creation of an enabling environment through adequate recovery packages conducive to decent job creation and successful implementation of lifelong learning opportunities.

Before the pandemic, organizations were focussing on managing the disruptive forces related to the future of work. Now, the pandemic itself turns out to be highly disruptive, accelerating digital transformation trends that impact the organizations’ short-term but also important long-term sustainability. ‘Leadership in Disruptive Times: Negotiating the New Balance’ by Sattar Bawany, is a playbook that advocates quite rightly for a human-centered approach to digital transformations in the workplace. It covers very practical solutions in negotiating our disrupted world. I strongly recommend this as a must-read!”

Prof Dato’ Dr. Ansary Ahmed
Founding President & Group Managing Director
Asia e University, Malaysia

“Digital transformation is occurring at an unprecedented pace, creating a more connected world, and providing new opportunities for businesses to grow and create value. The disruptive impact of technology on organizations of every size and sector is infinite, and we know the pace of disruption is accelerating. Research has shown that the primary challenge facing organizations is their leaders’ readiness to lead in the digital age.

We need leaders to adopt a strategic mindset and work in flexible teams that allow companies to respond to evolving technology and external risks like geopolitical conflict, pandemics, and the climate crisis. Increasingly that agility requires a shift from reliance on command-and-control leadership to transformational leadership focussing on emotional & social intelligence competencies in particular empathy, which emphasizes giving people autonomy to innovate and using non-coercive means to align them around a common goal. Prof Sattar Bawany’s ‘Disruptive Digital Leadership’ Framework enables leaders to develop the relevant skills to successfully engage and empower their high-performance team and coach and guide them along the way while staying focused on the mission of the transformation agenda. It is the quickest and most effective way to jump-start ideas and behaviors that drive innovation at the workplace and gives the much-needed sustainable competitive advantage to the organization.

A highly recommended book to those who like to develop their disruptive mental agility which is crucial in today’s digital and innovation-driven workplace .”

Mr. Pote Narittakurn (Lee Pit Teong)
Founder & CEO, iGroup
Founder, MangoSTEEMS

“We have seen how technology has changed business across diverse industries in fundamental ways, especially during the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Many businesses have been leveraging digital technologies to create new products and services, enter new markets, and improve operations enabling them not only to survive but thrive during those disruptive times. To keep up with the competition, many of these businesses realized the importance of the leadership role in executing the digital strategy and ultimately, drive value in their organizations by reinventing their traditional business strategy models in light of current disruptive, digital technologies.

How can we learn from these experiences to create a pipeline of ‘disruptive digital leaders’? How should we define leadership in such an environment? Are the current leadership practices and competencies still relevant in the face of such disruption? How can leaders set themselves up not only to survive but also to thrive as they navigate the challenges of future disruptive events and crises? What factors have helped organizations successfully manage the disruptive challenges when implementing digital transformation at the workplace? The answer to these questions is found in the book ‘Leadership in Disruptive Times: Negotiating the New Balance’. Sattar Bawany’s professional leadership journey and consulting experiences shared in the book make the reading all the more valuable and enriching. I would recommend this book for all leaders from both the private and public sector organizations.”

Zainul Abidin Rasheed
Ambassador (Non-Resident) to Kuwait, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore
Member of Board of Trustees, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
Member of Board of Directors, MediaCorp and Temasek Foundation Cares
Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Singapore (2006 to 2011)

“Many treatments of digital disruption regard the rapid pace of technological innovation as the key problem facing organizations. Technological innovation is indeed happening at a faster rate than ever before. Computers continue to become smaller, cheaper, more powerful, better connected, and embedded everywhere. Yet while the increasing rate of technological innovation is a significant part of the digital disruption challenge facing companies, it is not the problem in and of itself. The true key problem facing organizations for digital disruption is people — specifically, the different rates at which people, organizations, and policy respond to technological advances.

Technology changes faster than individuals can adopt it, individuals adapt more quickly to that change than organizations can, and organizations adjust more quickly than legal and societal institutions can. How can organizations ensure their preparedness to meet these challenges? Research by Prof Sattar Bawany and the Disruptive Leadership Institute (DLI) as published in this book, has identified and developed the “𝑳.𝑬.𝑨.𝑹.” 𝑭𝒓𝒂𝒎𝒆𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒌 which outlines the key factors that are crucial for the organizations to navigate successfully the disruptive challenges and take concrete steps to dramatically improve their capacity to anticipate, respond to and capitalize on the disruptive forces heading their way and at the same time mitigate the risks of the disruptive challenges ahead that could threaten the organization’s sustainability.”

John Mattone
Bestselling Author and the World’s Top Executive Coach (2019 to 2021)
Founder/Co-Founder of Four Exceptional Coaching and Leadership Development Companies

“As technology continues to disrupt the workplace, one of the key factors that would impact the success of the digital transformation is to ensure the leaders’ readiness and ability in leveraging existing digital technologies and adapt to evolving methods and new approaches. Without them, organizations will struggle to benefit as they should from the latest advances in Industry 4.0—everything from the metaverse to robots, AI, data science, virtual reality, blockchain technologies, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and new digital business models.

Even if the technologies themselves are evolving and relatively easily acquired and deployed, having the right team of “disruptive digital leaders” who can lead the digital transformation implementation successfully will be scarce. Digitally talented leaders are already so highly in demand that many large, traditional companies must reinvent themselves to attract them. Organizations should respond to this challenge by building new pools of skilled digital talent. To do so, they must identify who or what are the skills and attributes of these high-potential employees and assess and develop them into disruptive digital leaders who will lead the successful digital transformation initiatives. The ‘Leadership in Disruptive Times: Negotiating the New Balance’ provides the playbook on how to go about achieving that. A must-read!”

Dato’ Azmi Mohd Ali
Senior Partner & Executive Chairman, Azmi & Associates
Independent Non-Executive Director, UMW Holdings Berhad
Independent Non-Executive Director, Maybank Islamic Berhad
Non-Executive Director, SP Setia Berhad

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen the necessity to create new levels of innovation as well as the acceleration of digital transformation. Within months, most companies mobilized teams that figured out how to conduct business online and to work remotely at fundamentally different levels. Business leaders have been breaking down traditional barriers, working across functional silos to drive innovation, and using data and AI to sense and respond to changes in the external environment. Essentially, we saw traditional players acting much more like digital natives.

How can we learn from these experiences to create a digital and innovation-driven culture, especially when our world has become even more digital in the era of the post-pandemic ‘new normal’? The answer is found in the latest edition of the book by Prof Sattar Bawany, which provides CEOs and business leaders with proven tools, frameworks, practices, and strategies on how best-in-class organizations such as Microsoft, DBS Bank, Starbucks, and several others have been successful in their innovation and digital transformation efforts. I would recommend this book for all leaders from both private and public sector organizations.”

Dato’ Mohammad Azlan Abdullah
Chairman, Sapura Energy Bhd
Group Chief Executive Officer
PROLINTAS Group of Companies, Malaysia

“Few leaders can’t do without reading Professor Sattar Bawany’s latest book simply because it is not an option as conventional leadership practices simply can’t do a good job any longer. The hard reality of leading in disruptive times requires a completely new way of thinking and the development of a new breed of ‘disruptive digital leaders’ pipeline for the sustainability of organizations in this era.

I am particularly impressed that the ever importance of executive coaching is given great prominence as a key intervention tool in developing today’s leaders that not only will benefit organizational leaders but for the many thousands of executive coaches like me as well who now have a disruptive-centered coaching model to assist them to grow the best disruptive leaders for a robust organizational culture that can withstand the test of today’s challenging times.

All in all, Sattar’s superior knowledge of leaders in disruptive times surpasses many that I know for his work is his life mission compared to many others. It is undisputed that he is a guru in this field, not just an expert.”

Dr. Michael Heah, MCC
Adjunct Professor, University Utara, Malaysia
Chairman, Malaysian Association of Certified Coaches
CEO & Founder, Corporate Coach Academy Sdn Bhd

“The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of digital transformation far greater than what has been achieved over the past decade. Research has shown that we could expect the stepped-up pace to continue in 2022.

In this latest edition of the book, based on extensive research with the Disruptive Research Institute (DLI), the author, Prof Sattar Bawany outlined the key success factors for ‘Digital-Driven Organizational Culture’ which includes elements such as customer-centricity, disruptive mentality, innovation, data-driven decision-making, collaboration, open and trust-based partnership as well as corporate agility and flexibility.

He built the case that CEOs and senior leadership teams would need to review their “Corporate DNA” statement, which may include a commitment to passion, quality, integrity, engagement, people development, and innovation, to ensure that the principles and the company’s systems supported the new digital culture. Highly recommended for leaders at all levels across all industries”

Peermohamed Bin Ibramsha
Group Chief Financial Officer
Pos Malaysia Berhad

“Organizational crises such as those brought on by the recent global pandemic present complex financial, social, and ethical issues and challenges that have the potential to threaten the financial well-being, reputation, and survival of companies due to a lack of preparedness.

As a crisis is often the pivotal point at which the success or failure of an organization is determined, leaders need to be mindful to adopt a “business as unusual” rather than “business as usual” approach. In his latest book, Sattar Bawany has built the case that when faced with these disruptive events, business leaders are finding it challenging to navigate the insurmountable challenges, reinvent their businesses, and ensure their survival.

His “C.R.I.S.I.S” leadership model provides tools in a best practice framework for a comprehensive approach to building organizational resilience when facing emergencies including those related to pandemics, financial crises, cybersecurity, supply chain disruptions, and climate change.”

David Chan
Regional Director, Material Sales
Boeing Global Services

“Having been a leadership consultant and coach in crisis communications for 25 years, I am familiar with the literature in this space. Quality hasn’t quite kept up with the quantity. Theories and regurgitations are aplenty. Sattar’s ‘Leadership in Disruptive Times: Negotiating the New Balance’ stands out. The ideas are fresh, the counsel is practical, insights are researched, and the articulation is refreshingly bold. My biggest takeaway is the timely emphasis on ‘values’ and ‘soft skills’ in building crisis resiliency. Call it the ‘digital paradox’ where people have once again become the centre of gravity spurred by unrelenting digitalisation. The book provokes thought, invokes introspection and gives hope. I recommend it.”

Viswa Sadasivan
CEO, Strategic Moves Pte Ltd
Former Nominated Member of Parliament, Singapore
Retired Colonel (NS) in the Singapore Armed Forces.

“Another comprehensive, thought-provoking, and eye-opening opus of the 2nd edition of “Leadership in Disruptive Times” from Prof. Sattar Bawany. Inspiring & Timely! The ‘new normal’ requires renewed leadership mindset to match the overall speed of digitization and innovation, and the literature delivered here truly helps us leaders of today and tomorrow rethink the way we see the world, the way we lead, and the way we progress and move forward as an individual as well as a community.”

Philip Panaino
Global Head of Cash Management,
Standard Chartered Bank

“Disruptive times –  this is an often-used term of late,  but Prof Sattar Bawany has been able to crystalize what this means and more importantly how it impacts businesses and lives in general.  His thoughts on leadership through these trying times are certainly fresh and innovative and is a model for leaders and upcoming leaders to ponder over and adopt as a best practice.”

BS Teh
Executive Vice President
Global Sales & Sales Operations
Seagate Technology, CA

“This may be the perfect book for right now. Prof. Sattar Bawany brilliantly guides leaders in preparing their organizations for success in our increasingly complex and disruptive world. Whether it’s COVID and hybrid work or the race to the Metaverse, Prof Bawany provides a useful handbook for leading during unprecedented times.”

Tim Morin
President & CEO,
WJM Associates, Inc.