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Enabling Sustainable and Transformational Growth





iven the rate of change that we have experienced and will continue to see in the world, it’s a challenge trying to stay on top of everything. Organizations must consider revising and possibly scrapping decades-old habits, processes, and their very ways of thinking and operating. In so doing, organizations can literally reinvent themselves.

Transformation requires much more than simply obtaining the latest technology, plugging it in, and sitting back to watch reinvention take place. From top to bottom, organizations will be compelled to change entire mindsets, attitudes, and assumptions about how they operate, how they can grow, and even the very reason for their existence.

This book introduces readers to ideas, concepts, and a comprehensive framework (LIFTS — learn, investigate, formulate, take off, and study) that they can use to better position themselves and their organizations to reap the greatest number of benefits that business and digital transformation can afford. It’s a journey rich with promise that explains complex concepts in an understandable common language.

Transformational leaders
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n a world of explosive change and transformation, leaders at all levels—from heads of state and global corporations to entrepreneurs and gig economists—will offer the best opportunity for leveraging change and transforming our lives for the better. This includes how we work, play, govern ourselves, and consider and plan for our collective futures. This thought-provoking book invites readers to explore the intersection of transformational leadership, systemic thinking, and experiential learning—all required to survive and thrive the tsunami of changes and disruptions caused by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, and misinformation trends.




he constant cascade of new technologies and social changes are creating a more empowered population. Workforces are increasingly dispersed, demanding of self-expression, and quite possibly disengaged. Within this topsy-turvy context, leaders must spark creativity, drive innovation, and ensure sustainability.

Part philosophy, part business, and part history, in Everything Connects, you’ll learn from the wisdom of 2500 year old Eastern philosophies and the interconnected insights of Leonardo da Vinci. Couple that with Fortune 100 corporate cross pollination for creativity and startup thinking for how to adapt with ease, and you have Everything Connects. This isn’t just a quick fix for your next financial quarter; this is how you succeed in the long run.



Change and disruption has swelled into a tsunami carrying enormous consequences and impacts. The question is, will you be pulled under by these crashing waves of change? Or will you choose to adapt and learn to navigate the stormy seas so that the waves lift you up, and others along with you? Find out in these ground breaking, digital classes, based on the #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller LIFT.

  • Documentary style teaching
  • Case Studies and examples
  • Downloadable exercises
  • Closed captioning
  • Appeal for different learning styles


Based on the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling book Everything Connects, Faisal Hoque presents a framework for understanding how the power of Mindfulness and Creativity create a long-term culture of Innovation to adapt to our rapidly changing world. These ideas aren’t just a quick fix for your next financial quarter; this is how you succeed in the long run. Find out in these ground breaking, digital classes.

  • Documentary style teaching
  • Case Studies and examples
  • Downloadable exercises
  • Closed captioning
  • Appeal for different learning styles



The outputs of our efforts are designed to lift individuals and organizations to their next chapters by connecting seemingly unconnected dots.

The Crane in the NextChapter represents vigilance, longevity, and good fortune. In Japan, the crane is a mystical creatures symbolizing good fortune and longevity because of its fabled life span of a thousand years. Seeing a crane is still believed to be very auspicious and paper cranes and gifts having crane motifs are often handed out for eternal blessings and good wishes.

In Native American traditions, cranes were renowned for the oratory of their trumpeting calls and were the ‘Speakers for the Clans’. In Navajo Arizona, the Ziltahjini Peak is named after standing cranes. Native Americans worship cranes and call upon them for longevity, wisdom, and immortality. The birds are Native American symbols of independence.

Everything Connects. Making connections between disparate things is the key to creative thinking. The ritualistic practice of thinking about how different things relate to each other, and how distinct things could be combined to make something completely different, results in sustainable innovation.

“When we recognize the constellation of relationships within our ecosystem we can begin to understand their shared alignment, a process that I describe as convergence – the overlapping nature of art, science, and spirituality.” – Faisal Hoque, Founder of NextChapter


Faisal Hoque is an accomplished entrepreneur, noted thought leader, technology innovator, advisor to CEOs, BODs, and the US federal government, and an author with more than 25 years of cross-industry success. He is the founder of SHADOKA, NextChapter, and other companies. They focus on enabling sustainable and transformational changes. He is a three time winning founder and CEO of Deloitte Technology Fast 50 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ awards; and a three time Wall Street Journal bestselling author for his books REINVENT (#1), Everything Connects(#2), and LIFT (#1).

Throughout his career, he has developed over 20 commercial business and technology platforms and worked with public and private sector giants such as US Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, GE, MasterCard, American Express, Northrop Grumman, CACI, PepsiCo, IBM, Home Depot, Netscape, Infosys, French Social Security Services, Gartner, Cambridge Technology Partners, JP Morgan Chase, CSC, and others. What sets Faisal apart is the unique position and perspective he has always maintained, which is grounded in hardcore technology with deep roots in leading-edge management science.

As a thought leader, he has authored, co-authored 10 award-winning books (his awards include Axiom Gold Medal, Foreword, PenCraft, BIBA, Book Excellence, American Book Fest, Globee, and others) on humanity, business, and technology, including the #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller REINVENT – Navigating Business Transformation in a Hyper-Digital Era published in association with IMD (Institute for Management Development)(Fast Company Press, 2023), the #1 Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller LIFT – Fostering the Leader in You Amid Revolutionary Global Change (Fast Company Press, 2022), and the #2 Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller Everything Connects – Cultivating Mindfulness, Creativity, and Innovation for Long-Term Value (2nd Edition, Fast Company Press, 2022). His ground-breaking first book e-Enterprise was released by Cambridge University Press in 2000.

His work has appeared in Fast Company, Business Insider, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Fox, CBS, Financial Times, I by IMDMergers & Acquisitions, Forbes, Inc., Leadership Excellence, and Huffington Post among other publications.

“Faisal Hoque, the entrepreneur, innovator, was born in Bangladesh and found himself in the boardrooms of Fortune 100s by the time he was 27.” – Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, #1 Leadership Thinker in the World (Thinker’s 50/HBR)

“Talk about a trip: entrepreneur Faisal Hoque started his career in the U.S. as a “janitorial engineer,” but eventually went on to raise $10s of millions for his businesses, despite setbacks like being ousted as CEO of his own company (sound familiar, Apple?).” – Fast Company

American Management Association (AMA) named him one of the Leaders to Watch. The editors of Ziff-Davis Enterprise named him one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Technology alongside leading entrepreneurs such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Larry Page, and others. Trust Across America-Trust Around the World (TAA-TWA) named him one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders alongside global leaders such as Bill George, Doug Conant, Howard Schultz, and others.

His book, The Power of Convergence (American Management Association [AMA]), was released in April 2011 and almost immediately was named “One of the Best Business Books of 2011” by 800CEOREAD and CIO Insight. Two of his previous books, Sustained Innovation and Winning the 3-Legged Race, were also included in the “Top 5 Transformation Books” of the last few years, while Sustained Innovation also ranked in CIO Insight magazine’s “Editor’s Picks: The 10 Best Business Books of 2007”. His highly acclaimed book The Alignment Effect (Financial Times) was published in 2002, and e-Enterprise (Cambridge University Press) in 2000.

His broad areas of expertise include innovation, leadership, management, sustainable growth, transformation, strategy, governance, M&A, frameworks, and digital platforms. He holds a strong belief that it is through knowledge sharing that we may provide the greatest clarity on how to improve our collective future.

A public speaker at business and technology conferences, innovation forums, business schools, and leadership summits, he has given speeches at the EU HR Director Summit, US Marines, Airbus, CEO Summits at the NY Stock Exchange, Global China Summits, Forbes Business Leadership Forum, MIT Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership, Thunderbird Sustainable Innovation Summit, BOOTH School of Business – Entrepreneurial Ventures, Chief Executive Magazine CEO Roundtables, Yale School of Management CEO Summits, Rutgers Business School, CIO Summit in Japan, Sino-American CIO Summit in Beijing, European CIO Summit in Monte Carlo, and CFO Magazine Technology Summit, among others.

Thousands of people follow him on social media. His work is frequently shared globally by entrepreneurs, executives, corporations, academia, and students alike.

As a globetrotter, he is passionate about nature, people, culture, music, and design, and he loves to cook.

For more info, visit or LinkedIn or follow him on Twitter (@faisal_hoque).

From The Archives

Looking for more? Visit Faisal’s Amazon Author Page for more of his previously published books.




his book examines the stories of a variety of leaders who faced ill health, professional setbacks, emotional loss, and a host of other life-changing events, in order to illustrate how each achieved personal transformation and success by mining their own resilience.

Resilience is the universal human capacity to face, overcome, and even be strengthened by experiences of adversity. The book is divided into three sections, each of which are key concepts in the development of one’s own ability to bend, and not break, in the face of a personal or professional setback.


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