• Imagine It Forward

  • Courage, Creativity, and the Power of Change
  • By: Beth Comstock, Tahl Raz
  • Narrated by: Beth Comstock
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (261 ratings)

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Imagine It Forward

By: Beth Comstock, Tahl Raz
Narrated by: Beth Comstock
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Publisher's summary

From one of today's foremost innovation leaders, an inspiring, personal approach to mastering change in the face of uncertainty.

Named a 2018 Best Business Book Pick by Fast Company and Wired UK.

Confronting change is incredibly hard, both organizationally and personally. People become resistant. They are afraid. Yet the pace of change in our world will never be slower than it is right now, says Beth Comstock, the former vice chair and head of marketing and innovation at GE.

Imagine It Forward is an inspiring, fresh, candid, and deeply personal audiobook about how to grapple with the challenges to change we face every day. It is a different kind of narrative, a big-picture audiobook that combines Comstock’s personal story in leading change with vital lessons on overcoming the inevitable roadblocks. One of the most successful women in business, Comstock shares her own transformation story from introverted publicist to GE’s first woman vice chair and her hard-won lessons in shifting GE, a 125-year-old American institution, toward a new digital future and a more innovative culture.

As the woman who initiated GE's Ecomagination clean-energy and its (and NBC’s) digital transformations, Comstock challenged a global organization to not wait for perfection, but to seek out emerging trends, embrace smart risks, and test ideas boldly and often. She shows how each one of us can become a “change maker” by leading with imagination.

“Ideas are rarely the problem,” writes Comstock. “What holds all of us back, really - is fear. It’s the attachment to the old, to ‘What We Know.’”

As Comstock makes clear, transforming the mind-set and culture of a company is messy. There is no easy checklist. It is fraught with uncertainty, tension, and too often, failure. It calls for the courage to defy convention, go around corporate gatekeepers when necessary, and reinvent what is possible.

For all those looking to spearhead change in their companies and careers and reinvent “the way things are done”, Imagine It Forward masterfully points the way.

©2018 Beth Comstock and Tahl Raz (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

“If there is one skill that more individuals and companies need to hone it's imagination. And if there is one person who can teach us how to do it, it’s Beth Comstock. Woven together through own journey, Comstock offers us simple and practical steps on things we can all do to prepare ourselves for the future...or even invent it.” (Simon Sinek, optimist and New York Times best-selling author of Start with Why and Leaders Eat Last)

“Beth Comstock has written a wonderful book, full of excellent insights and lessons from her hugely successful career. She has recently been elected to the advertising all of fame, and after reading this you will know why. This book is of great value to almost virtually any leader and her stories and examples are told in a breezy way that makes it a joy to read.” (Phil Knight, founder of Nike and New York Times best-selling author, Shoe Dog)

Imagine It Forward is like having a coach on your shelf to help you lead forward. Beth shares her lessons on summoning candor, courage and action to make meaningful change happen in any organization.” (Kim Scott, New York Times best-selling author of Radical Candor)