We as business leaders are always talking about, but rarely find, the key to lasting breakthroughs in the organizations we lead. We push and persist and still get incremental results. Leapfrogging is an extremely useful and insightful handbook for managers on how to finally break the cycle of incremental innovation.

Dr. Ric RoiSenior Vice President, Global Center of Excellence Head, Consulting Practice Leader, Asia Pacific, Right Management / Manpower Group

Leapfrogging is as much about the secrets of breakthrough leadership as it is about business innovation. The book is loaded with fresh ideas and examples that inspire new thinking and action.

Hans MiddagDirector Learning & Development, Randstad

Leapfrogging is like Deepak Chopra meets Gary Hamel, all brought to life with great clarity and storytelling. No wonder Soren Kaplan is named after the Danish philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard. He describes that when we embrace uncertainty, solutions will spontaneously emerge out of the problem, out of the confusion, disorder and chaos. He outlines how by stepping into the field of all possibilities, we can anticipate the excitement that occurs when we remain open to an infinity of choices. Of course, doing all this requires that we be courageous, and Kaplan shows the way. From my experience teaching, training and consulting on the subject of breakthrough innovation, I see a great need for these skills, and Leapfrogging offers a solution to a very important problem in these exciting and challenging times.

Marianne T. PoulsenHead of European Office, SRI International

Superbly crafted, powerful in its simplicity, and smart, actionable learning… Finally, a simple, holistic and human engagement model that allows for breakthrough thinking and living.

Mary Beth RoblesVice President, Innovation Capabilities and Knowledge Systems Colgate-Palmolive

Creating breakthroughs requires new approaches to how we approach learning, as leaders ourselves and as organizations. Leapfrogging reveals strategies for engaging people in the type of experiential learning that challenges assumptions and leads to breakthroughs.

Anne Blouin, CAEChief Learning Officer ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

Surprise indeed! I read Leapfrogging with the intention of learning more about promoting and leading innovation breakthroughs in my organization – imagine my surprise as I found myself reflecting on my own personal journey. I now have a greater understanding of the possibilities for real breakthroughs, since I see how they apply to my company, my group, and my own role.

Michele EggerInnovation Capability Operations, Chevron

Leapfrogging shows that breakthrough innovation isn’t just about technologies and products. While these may be important, the difference between success and failure often lies in leadership. Leadership today is about navigating disruptive change. Flexibility, adaptability, and responsiveness are essential when pursuing and leading opportunities in uncharted territory – and Leapfrogging gives leadership and innovators everything they need to push boundaries.

Mirja KaarlelaHead of Office, Silicon Valley Tekes, The Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation

I have long advocated for customer surprise, and now here comes Soren Kaplan advocating for strategic surprise. It is a concept every executive should harness, and Kaplan demonstrates that true breakthroughs in innovation should be surprises. And the most surprising thing of all: by following the approach outlined in Leapfrogging you will be assured of leading your organizations into creating such breakthroughs, and thereby transform your business.

B. Joseph Pine IICo-author, The Experience Economy and Infinite Possibility

I work with hundreds of CEOs and their ability to respond to “surprises” is one of today’s most critical factors for business success. Soren gets what it takes to help leaders shift their thinking to create breakthroughs and proactively drive change.

Paul WitkayFounder & CEO, Alliance of Chief Executives

Soren’s presentation was unique, timely and relevant to our business challenges without a re-hash of common platitudes. He especially engaged with our entire leadership team, whether present in the room or attending remotely.

Scott MunnVice President & Security Product Management, Cisco