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Manage initiatives with an explore, envision, and discover process so senior teams and innovation teams can learn their way to success together. The most successful leaders will be those who can do both as needed. T HERE is present-forward vision , and there is future-back vision.

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. This is my final recommendation: Think about the metric by which your life will be judged, and make a resolution to live every day so that in the end, your life will be judged a success.


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Disruptive Business Models | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

The most successful companies incorporate disruptive thinking into all of their business and management practices to gain distinctive competitive value propositions. Does your organization focus more on process than success? Has anyone on your executive team attended a conference on strategy, innovation or disruption in the last year?

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. But that doesn’t really explain its success. Disruption theory explains and predicts the behavior of companies in danger of being disrupted, but it doesn’t tell a start-up company exactly what product or service to create to successfully disrupt a giant.

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. In fact, you cannot successfully do consulting without them.

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. That's not to say that there haven't been success stories. Perhaps further clarity in the root cause of the persistence of the innovator's dilemma can help increase the number of success stories.

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. I can't off the top of my head think of any huge successes of that ilk in the media world, though (can you?).

How Amazon Trained Its Investors to Behave

Harvard Business Review

But when you combine Amazon's success with its resolute unwillingness to take financial markets too seriously, the result is an amazing thing to see. 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. The key to success in dog training, I'm learning (we just got a puppy), is to appeal to instinct and memory.


What Great Social Media Campaigns Get Right

Harvard Business Review

Why are some brands able to be at once both global and local — to successfully seize the energy of grassroots movements and at the same time leverage corporate assets on a massive scale — while others only come off as artificial and pandering? They can be wildly successful, but they can also crash and burn. Finally, every successful community creates passionate platforms. 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 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.