“How Stella Saved the Farm” – is a metaphorical take on how disciplined change management and innovation can enable organizations to move into the next S – Curve. The most engaging element in the book is its ‘fictional’ Windsor Farm, with not so fictional characters and situations. The farm, which is run by animals, faces the risk of becoming redundant. It must make the decision of whether it should continue the way it has been working (faster, stronger, more efficient) or take the risk of exploring unchartered pastures. The keys themes of the book have been articulated in the diagram below:
The central theme of the book is – Innovation and Change Management. Dierdre, the CEO of the farm, realizes the need to explore new business avenues for Windsor Farm and thus triggers the innovation journey. Through a series of key obstacles, Dierdre outlines some important lessons:
Contrary to the title of the book, Stella is not the only person who saves the farm. In fact, she introduces the idea and what follows is an interplay of team dynamics, conflicts and prioritization.
The key learnings are as follows:
The book also explores the themes of succession planning, managing GenY Talent and managing specific talent groups.