Lead from the Future

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The authors offer a three-step process to help leaders develop visionary strategies and bring them to life. Develop Your Vision. Develop an investment portfolio in which you formalize your decisions about where to invest and where your resources will come from.

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.


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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. More recently, Steve Blank has developed lean startup methods and Alex Osterwalder has created tools like the business model canvas and value proposition canvas. Disruptive innovation Research & development Digital Article

Disruptive Business Models | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Why didn’t Folgers recognize the retail consumer demand for coffee and develop a Starbucks type business model? With the continued rapid development of technology taking the concept of globalization and turning it into hard reality facing businesses of all sizes, it is time for executives and entrepreneurs to examine their current business models from a disruptive perspective.

What So Many Strategists Get Wrong About Digital Disruption

Harvard Business

However, some of the most common beliefs about how this will happen, repeated by conference speakers, self-proclaimed gurus, and consultants, have been oversimplified, misunderstood, or misapplied. They have opened up offices in London, Amsterdam, and Zurich and were recently highlighted in the Harvard Business Review by Professor Clay Christensen as the prime forerunner of a pending wave of disruption in the consulting industry – albeit with a completely non-digital business model.

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. Amazon, it appears, is willing to wait as long as it takes to develop a portfolio of disruptive-growth businesses. More recently, Christensen has acknowledged that perhaps Apple, the most valuable publicly traded company in the world, achieved the task.

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. But somehow I don't think developing content about people talking about disruptions to the content industry is really the ticket to success.

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.

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What Great Social Media Campaigns Get Right

Harvard Business Review

After a successful career as a corporate consultant, he became the Director of Economic Development for Rhode Island, a cabinet level position, where he saw the opportunity to put his ideas into action and create innovation at scale. BIF’s annual conference serves as its focal point. American Express has developed “Small Business Saturday.”

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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. Gantt – developed theories that emphasized efficiency, lack of variation, consistency of production, and predictability. For more information, see the conference homepage.

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. The two approaches share a set of key principles and practices, with the main differences arising from jargon: Sociocracy, developed in the 1970s, was based on principles of cybernetics ; holacracy represents a repackaging of the principles in the vocabulary of software engineering.

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. Who''s the target audience for the new iTunes Radio ?

How to Build a Meaningful Career

Harvard Business Review

“Join industry groups, go to conferences, volunteer for a nonprofit,” advises Dillon. Christensen. About a year and a half after starting the process, Tim took a job as a development officer at the Rhode Island Foundation. Everyone aspires to have purpose or meaning in their career but how do you actually do that?