Five Good Ideas

Five Good Ideas about leading your organization in a time of disruption

Published on 26/10/2016

We are living in a time of disruption. Whether in the public or private sphere, this disruption is challenging our existing assumptions and models, leading to new and innovative solutions. How we perceive ourselves as leaders and the role we play in leading change in this environment can impact the success of our organizations. How can we ensure we are at the forefront of this evolution and not left behind? Most importantly, how do we achieve our mission in the midst of new challenges and a shifting context? How do we adapt to ensure our personal leadership positions our organizations to be agile, dynamic and ready to take on a new world order?

Five Good Ideas

  1. There is a big difference between leading change and managing change.
  2. Reach beyond the usual suspects to find disruptive ideas.
  3. Be mindful of those who benefit from the status quo.
  4. Social disruption is about the means, not the ends.
  5. Achieving impact is rarely linear.


  1. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. In his exclusive biography about Jobs, Isaacson refers to the co-founder of Apple as the greatest innovator of his generation.
  2. Moneyball is a 2011 film that tells the story of how Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane changed Major League Baseball by challenging the system and defied conventional wisdom when he was forced to rebuild his small-market team on a limited budget.
  3. Find Innovation Where You Least Expect It is an article published in the Harvard Business Review in 2015. Written by Tony McCaffrey and Jim Pearson, it imagines how a shift in thinking can inspire innovation.
  4. Sir Ken Robinson delivered a moving TED talk called Bring on the Learning Revolution in which he makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning – creating conditions where children’s natural talents can flourish.
  5. Stanford Social Innovation Review Podcast – any of the 50 episodes.

Andrea Cohen Barrack

Vice President Global Corporate Citizenship, TD Bank

Andrea Cohen Barrack is Vice President Global Corporate Citizenship, TD Bank, and the former CEO of the Ontario Trillium Foundation – one of Canada’s largest granting foundations. Andrea serves as the Chair of International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region. She is an Advisory Board Member for the Centre for Effective Philanthropy, a mentor with CivicAction DiverseCity Fellows and is the Chair of the Dean’s Council for the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University. She will share her experiences with mergers and integration, collective impact and the need for collaborative governance.