Thursday, November 19, 2015

How Understanding Disruption Helps Strategists

Through the past 15 years my colleagues and I have wrestled with disruption in many contexts. That’s no surprise, since Clayton Christensen co-founded our company in 2000, five years after his Harvard Business Review article with Joseph L. Bower “Disruptive Technologies: Catching the Wave” introduced the idea of disruption to the mainstream market. Christensen and two co-authors […]

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Leading a Digital Transformation? Learn to Code

Leaders ascend to their positions by mastering today’s (or even yesterday’s) business. Almost by definition, they don’t have first-hand experience with a disruptive shift in their market when they encounter it. A lack of intuition around the new and different can at best slow progress and at worst lead to serious strategic missteps. What should […]

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Five Trends of the Future Consumer

Last week I had the pleasure of attending Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies’ Summer University, “The Future Consumer and Marketplace[1].”  CIFS is an international, apolitical, and not-for-profit organization that is one of Scandinavia’s largest Future Studies think tanks.  Founded in 1970 by Thorkil Kristensen, a former OECD Secretary-General and Danish Finance Minister, the Institute is […]

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

How to Break Up with an Innovation Project

Breaking up isn’t easy — especially if you are a leader “breaking up with” an innovation project that one of your teams still believes in passionately. It is a critical part of the innovation journey however, and done well can produce a positive outcome across the board. Consider a conversation that might start like this: […]

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

How Industrial Systems Are Turning into Digital Services

To some, ball bearings are boring, even though these small steel spheres are what keep everything from factory machines and wind turbines as well as cars, trucks, planes, and trains moving smoothly and safely. But to Sweden-based SKF Group — the leading company in the $76 billion global market for ball bearing systems — these […]

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

What the Media Industry Can Teach Us About Digital Business Models

It has been a great 20 years for U.S. media innovators, with hundreds of billions of dollars created by companies that are helping democratize content production and distribution while developing new ways to connect advertisers and customers. Google and its disruptive advertising model leads the pack with a $370 billion market capitalization, but consider also companies like Facebook […]

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Innovation Isn’t the Answer to All Your Problems

What should leaders do to boost their organization’s ability to innovate? There’s a seemingly endless list of options to consider. Set up a new-growth group. Launch an idea contest. Change the reward systems. Run an action-learning program to develop the top leadership team’s ability to confront ambiguity. Form a venture investment fund. Take a road […]

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tesla’s New Strategy Is Over 100 Years Old

Contrary to popular belief, Thomas Edison did not invent the lightbulb.  Twenty or so inventors and labs had already come up with similar designs when he patented his in 1879.  What Edison really invented was affordable and accessible electric light. Edison’s breakthrough was guided by a fundamental insight: any given product is only as powerful […]

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Whole Foods’ Misguided Play for Millennials

The news that Whole Foods will open a separate chain of stores designed to appeal to millennials stopped me mid-aisle. According to Whole Foods co-CEO Walter Robb, these future stores will feature “modern, streamlined design, innovative technology, and a curated selection” of lower-priced organic and natural foods. As millennials would write—facepalm. My dismay is not […]

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

What to Do When Your Future Strategy Clashes with Your Present

From time to time, the basis of competition in an industry shifts so dramatically that shifting with it requires a new long-term vision that calls for the organization to do things it never would have done in the past. The hardest part is connecting long-term goals to near-term actions — especially when those new actions […]

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