How To Stop Making Assumptions—And Start Seeing Around Corners

HOW TO STOP MAKING ASSUMPTIONS

Last month, I was thrilled to attend Parliament’s PowerShift, a gathering of diverse opinion leaders, change-makers, creatives, and corporates seeking to find interesting solutions to some of today’s biggest challenges. At the event, I had the opportunity to speak with Peter Sims, CEO of Parliament, about some of the themes of my forthcoming book, Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen.

How Inflection Points In The Hotel Business Change Where You Lay Your Head

How Inflection Points In The Hotel Business Change Where You Lay Your Head

In 1977, James Eyster, then a Ph.D. student at Cornell, published a book that would completely change the nature of the hotel business worldwide. His idea could not sound more boring—unless you saw the impact it would have. It involved the negotiation and administration of hotel management contracts.

Netflix and the Battle for Your Disposable Time

Netflix and the Battle for Your Disposable Time

In my forthcoming book, Seeing Around Corners (now available for pre-order wherever you buy books), one of the major themes is that a major blind spot for organizations is that they tend to see the world through the lens of their existing industry. There are a lot of good reasons for this, but it can cause otherwise smart organizations to stumble. 

When Hierarchy is not an Option: A New Organizational Model For Fast-Moving Contexts

WHEN HIERARCHY IS NOT AN OPTION

Earlier this month, I spoke at the Human Resources Directors Conference in the United Kingdom. At the conference, I shared some material excerpted from my forthcoming book, Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen, about how easy it is for executives to get trapped into an old way of thinking—and the new type of leadership model that is required in today’s highly transient advantage contexts.

10 Ways to Prepare for Career Changes in the Transient Advantage Economy

10 Ways to Prepare for Career Changes in the Transient Advantage Economy

In the world of strategy, there’s been a long-held belief in a sustainable competitive advantage—you find an attractive place in an attractive industry, throw up entry barriers, and exploit the advantage for a long period of time. However, in more and more parts of our economy, competitive advantages just aren’t lasting as long as they used to, and companies are having to continuously refresh their competitive advantages as they become irrelevant.

How to Lead an Organization Through an Inflection Point

HOW TO LEAD AN ORGANIZATION THROUGH AN INFLECTION POINT

I was recently at a conference with Curt Carlson, a brilliant leader of innovation who for many years ran SRI, the research organization responsible for the invention of Apple’s Siri and many other multi-billion dollar products. The SRI story is one of an astonishing turnaround—when he took over as CEO in 1998, the organization had been losing money for years and was on the brink of having to close its doors. Worse yet, the culture he inherited was described by many as toxic.

There is Such a Thing as a Repeatable Startup Methodology

There is Such a Thing as a Repeatable Startup Methodology

Among the many myths that corporate types have about startups (whether standalone or of the corporate variety) is that there is some kind of alchemy involved.  Sort of “Steve Jobs arrives on a clamshell and the world is changed forever!”  They think growing new businesses requires some instinctive DNA that founders are born with and that other mere mortals will never possess.

Fear of Self-Cannibalization, Facebook Early Warning

Fear of Self-Cannibalization, Facebook Early Warning

In this insightful article, Kara Swisher notes that one big reason that Instagram’s co-founders, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, decided to leave was that the popular site was pulling users away from the “big blue” platform that is the core Facebook product.  Clanging sounds of early warnings of early-stage fading of advantage!