About Me

reuven_gorshtI’ve spent the last few years studying how large companies are getting disrupted by upstarts and companies who are thinking differently, and how they react.  We’ve all seen the speed by which new companies are emerging and taking market share from
incumbents, yet many organizations are stuck.  They can’t change fast enough.

The reasons are rooted deeply in leadership and culture, but could be turned around by unlearning old management styles and applying what the disruptors have been using, right back at them.

This blog is my intention of exploring these new paradigms of leadership and do my share in defining the future of work, a future that I believe is actually now!   I hope that some of my work contributes lasting value to leaders who have come to realize that there are no old roads to new place and are looking to reinvent themselves.

I’m currently a Global Vice President of Customer Strategy SAP, where I’ve spent the past ten years working with some of the largest companies in the world.   I’ve led and executed major transformations at SAP to make the organization more responsive to change and successfully enter new markets.  I’ve led and transformed functions such as strategy, innovation, communications, and operations, coaching and creating leaders in the process.    I’ve also been fortunate to work with many exciting start-ups and entrepreneurs and had stints as both entrepreneur and intrapreneur.

I’d love nothing more than to hear from you, so drop me a line and let me know what you think.  Get me on twitter @reuvengorsht or via email at reuven AT reuvengorsht.com

PS: Had to add the disclaimer – the views and opinions presented here are my own and do not reflect those of my employer.

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7 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hey Reuven, good little site – nice one. You can’t help but feel that we’re in a the midst of a really interesting time right now. Technology and collaborative solution findings moving at an amazing pace, and opening doors we never knew existed. All the best for now.

    1. Thanks Simon – Really appreciate the comment and completely agree. We are at a very defining timing where the basics we know are being challenged and often taken to the limit.

  2. Hello Reuven,
    It’s been a real pleasure stumbling on your website!! I really love the insights you provide and all the experience you’re sharing.
    Having some experience in some fields that you mention in your articles, I find your experiences really resonating, uplifting and inspiring; hoping to incorporate the values that I read into future opportunities.
    I’ve been developing a hobby recently, and that’s translating articles that are really resonating into Chinese for Chinese readers.
    I would really like to translate some of your articles into Chinese, of course, with you as reference and under your permission.
    Looking forward to your reply and Thanks again for all the inspiration!!

    1. Hi Andy, thanks so much for your comments and feedback. I really appreciate it and means a lot. I’d absolutely be up for supporting you — it’s an honour

  3. Hi Reuven… love your thinking. Love the site. I’m planning an event for our program alumni in November and wondering if you’d be interested in putting some of your opinions forward on a panel that we’re pulling together around “Millennials Myth Busting”. Plus, generally, I would love to connect with you. I think we have a lot of aligned interests and ideas about work.

  4. Hi Ruven,
    You are a fantastic resource and contribution. I work in the SME space and for many SME’s there is a culture of what happens in big business “doesn’t apply to us”. Many startups left large corporate to do it their own way and yet all they do is repeat what they learned at the corporate.

    Your words can be a refreshing view for SME’s to have them realise that they have a HUGE advantage over the large corporate because of their size and agility. The challenge for Leaders in SME’s is to realise it is not about trying to prove theri old corporate that thay were wrong. It is about addressing the “Ego fear” and truly engaging with their staff by understanding how to create the environment where all of their staff can contribute to the hack.

    I call it the “contribution revolution”.

    Karl Marx, reflecting on the history making potential of mankind, famously observed that men make their history but not in circumstances of their choosing. In the contribution revolution you get to set the stage, to set the vision you have for your business.

    Revolution can be defined as “a forcible overthrow of a government or social order, in favour of a new system…. a radical and pervasive change in society and the social structure, especially one made suddenly”.

    The contribution revolution has a twist on that. teh SME leaders are the “social order” and the “social structure” of the SME leader’s business. In the contribution revolution that SME leaders could lead, SME leaders invite their employees to help them create the new system; SME leaders invite them to make the pervasive change in their“society” with them.

    I will continue to read your work with great interest

    1. Thanks so much for your comment Adrian. I’m fully with you. This is an age where agility and responsiveness make all the difference. It’s time to act and adapt now. All the best !

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