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Lead from the Future

Leading Blog

In The Innovator’s DNA , Clay Christensen identified five attributes that correlate closely with Future-Back Leadership: associating, questioning, observing, experimenting, and networking. T HERE is present-forward vision , and there is future-back vision. There is a difference.


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Life Strategy and Executive Coaching

Tony Mayo

Christensen titled, “ How Will You Measure Your Life? &# Along with plenty of great advice for new graduates he shared some keen insights on executive coaching. File Backup and Sharing by SugarSync Free Conference Calls Google Alerts LinkedIn Mail2Web Exchange Server Online Appointment Scheduling by Tungle.Me

What Business Leaders Need to Know About the Paris Climate Conference

Harvard Business Review

The 195 member countries, or “parties,” hold a Conference of Parties (COP) annually, and this year is the 21st meeting. But, as climate policy expert Aimee Christensen pointed out to me, “the recent momentum going into Paris is primarily driven by the improving economics of action (e.g., Many CEOs are going to Paris to speak at business-focused conferences running in parallel to the negotiations to show their support.

Disruptive Business Models | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Has anyone on your executive team attended a conference on strategy, innovation or disruption in the last year? Disruptive Innovation (per the Christensen model) generally takes place in an industry dominated by an oligopoly and having an unserved segment ( towards the lower end in terms of profit margins and product capability) which attains visibility as a result of technological expansion in what is most of the time, a non-related field.

The 4 Types of Innovation and the Problems They Solve

Harvard Business

Clay Christensen's landmark theory -- in under two minutes. When HBS professor Clayton Christensen introduced the concept of disruptive innovation in his book The Innovator’s Dilemma , it was a revelation. These are all essential assets for anyone who finds themselves in the situation Christensen described, and they are proving to be effective in a wide variety of contexts.

What Airbnb Understands About Customers’ “Jobs to Be Done”

Harvard Business

On a recent business trip to London, I surprised the conference organizers by turning down the opportunity to stay at the posh hotel hosting the conference in favor of a rather modest Airbnb flat. To get that right, companies have to understand what Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen calls the theory of Jobs to Be Done. Andrew Nguyen/HBR STAFF.

The Persistence of the Innovator's Dilemma

Harvard Business Review

Of course, that young HBS professor was Innosight co-founder Clayton Christensen. Academic journals have dissected the disruptive innovation theory and hundreds of thousands of students around the world have seen Christensen's famous model. In 1995, a young Harvard Business School Professor co-authored an article in Harvard Business Review , "Disruptive Technology: Catching the Wave."

Investors Punish Amazon for Investing in Disruptive Growth

Harvard Business Review

On the conference call, Szkutak explained that significant capacity investments are being made in distribution centers so Amazon can continue to grow its core retail business. In The Innovator's Solution , HBS Professor Clayton Christensen and Michael Raynor assert that, to their knowledge, "no company has ever been able to build an engine of disruptive growth and keep it running."

The Real Secret to Thriving Amid Disruptive Innovation

Harvard Business Review

I'm sitting at DLD , a new-media conference hosted by an old media company (German magazine publisher Burda) in Munich. Breyer stands out — both in the room and the Twitter echo chamber — by sounding like an Old Testament prophet (or at least like Clay Christensen ): "traditional media companies unless they radically change. Arthur Sulzberger Jr. of the New York Times Co.

Better Management Could Spur a New Era of Economic Growth

Harvard Business Review

More recently, Clayton Christensen has outlined how managers’ acquired habits in allocating capital are putting capitalism itself at risk. Christensen’s work is strong reminder that the most fundamental social responsibility of corporations and their managers is innovation, because it fuels not only their own future competitiveness, but the prosperity of the world.). For more information, see the conference homepage.

The Key to Great Customer Service

Harvard Business Review

The first day of the conference, customer service guru and Zappos chief Tony Hsieh gave his spiel about Zappos being a service company that just happened to sell shoes. We got his book, Delivering Happiness , free in our conference bags. I learned the key to great service because of a set of physical keys — namely, the house keys of the friend who was putting me up for the duration of the conference. This is the story of how I learned the key to great customer service.

Investing in Start-Ups: For Love and Money

Harvard Business Review

According to Professor Clayton Christensen's jobs-to-be-done framework, whenever we buy something, we are hiring the product or service to do a job. At a recent industry conference, Bill Reichert , managing director of Garage Technology Ventures opined, "VCs do not invest with their brains. My business partner Matt Christensen had invested with Mr. Kim previously -- and made money.

Ask Customers to Use Less of Your Product: The Big Heresy

Harvard Business Review

The short conference brought together public and private sector managers working on environmental and social issues. The wisdom of such a strategy has been discussed in business circles for years, most notably in the work of Harvard's Clayton Christensen ( The Innovator's Dilemma ). Last week I attended an Executive Sustainability Summit hosted by Xerox , Waste Management (WM), and Arizona State University.

Three Ways to Overcome Career Anxiety

Harvard Business Review

Speak at an industry conference. Like Clayton Christensen did , spend an hour a day thinking about what things you're passionate about. At a recent dinner party, I was speaking with a friend who had just been promoted to vice president at a well-known New York hedge fund. The promotion was unexpected, involved an immediate 50% pay raise, and came with broad new responsibilities.

How Amazon Trained Its Investors to Behave

Harvard Business Review

Clayton Christensen has long complained that standard financial metrics can be enemies of innovation and growth. Or, when they emphasize earnings, it's in the opposite direction from what Christensen's worried about. In March 2000, Barron's reported that 51 Internet companies were burning cash so fast that they'd be broke by the end of the end of the year.


What Great Social Media Campaigns Get Right

Harvard Business Review

Today, their annual conference brings together well-known corporate innovators, such as Harvard’s Clayton Christensen, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh and author Daniel Pink, to mix with an eclectic assortment of social entrepreneurs and devise solutions to society’s thorniest problems. BIF’s annual conference serves as its focal point.


Getting Beyond the Narcissism/Advertising Complex

Harvard Business Review

It was a week before a big innovation conference in Australia in which I was set to debate the negative side of the question: “Would innovation make the world a better or worse place in 2050?” Perhaps the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation or the Clinton Global Initiative could fund the award, with support from world-leading academics like Clayton Christensen and Rita McGrath. The picture surprised me.

What Driverless Cars Mean for Today’s Automakers

Harvard Business Review

Clay Christensen used to advise auto manufacturers to focus on their customers’ jobs-to-be-done, understanding when their customers were looking for mobile offices and when they wanted family transport vehicles. In a world where cars can drive themselves and passengers don’t need to look at the road, we can imagine cars being built around conference tables. The rumors have finally been confirmed: Apple is building its own autonomous car.

Jeff Bezos Brings His Low-Margin Ways to Newspapers

Harvard Business Review

Way back in the first decade of the new millennium, when Craigslist seemed like the biggest threat facing newspapers, founder Craig Newmark paid visits to lots of media companies and media conferences. That''s partly because, as Clayton Christensen, Stephen Kaufman, and Willy Shih wrote in the 2008 HBR article "Innovation Killers," standard financial metrics make new investments look much less attractive than existing business lines.

Management’s Three Eras: A Brief History

Harvard Business Review

Short-term thinking has been charged with no less than a chronic decline in innovation capability by Clayton Christensen who termed it “the Capitalist’s Dilemma.” ) Corporations continue to focus too narrowly on shareholders , with terrible consequences – even at great companies like IBM. For more information, see the conference homepage. Organization as machine – this imagery from our industrial past continues to cast a long shadow over the way we think about management today.

The Big Misconceptions Holding Holacracy Back

Harvard Business Review

As Clayton Christensen and many others have demonstrated , the management practices prevailing in most companies tend to stifle any dialogue on ideas that arise from the shop floor or the front line. Moreover, instead of conferring authority, the hierarchy establishes an unambiguous sequence of levels of accountability.

What Kind of Innovative Does Apple Have to Be?

Harvard Business Review

Other new features announced at Apple''s World Wide Developers Conference Monday, such as the iOS 7 and Mavericks operating systems, had a bit more actual newness to them. It is a textbook example of what Clayton Christensen dubs a sustaining innovation , a product aimed at existing customers that improves on what went before it and is able to demand a premium price. In 2007, Christensen called the iPhone "a sustaining innovation relative to Nokia" and predicted that it would flop.

How to Build a Meaningful Career

Harvard Business Review

“Join industry groups, go to conferences, volunteer for a nonprofit,” advises Dillon. Christensen. Everyone aspires to have purpose or meaning in their career but how do you actually do that? What practical steps can you take today or this month to make sure you’re not just toiling away at your desk but you’re doing something you genuinely care about? What the Experts Say.