Leadership and Management Book Talk #7: Talking About Clayton Christensen

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Leadership and Management Book Talk #7: Talking About Clayton Christensen

Art Petty

I'm referencing Harvard's Clayton Christensen, perhaps best known for his thinking and books focused on The Innovator's Dilemma. Wally Bock and I connected on the latest episode of our podcast to talk about Christensen and his books.


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Christensen on How to Measure Your Life


With that I picked up Clayton Christensen’s How Will You Measure Your Lif e. Christensen is one of the giant minds behind strategy and innovation. For each chapter, Christensen begins with an explanation of a theory and outlines it’s application to the business world. The tension between deliberate and emergent strategy and how our own careers develop as a mix between our “plan” and the opportunities that present themselves.

The Essential Clayton Christensen Articles

Harvard Business

Understanding these pieces is critical for strategy teams, product development units, and organizational leaders. Disruptive innovation Innovation Strategy Digital Article

Karl Ronn: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

He is also developing a software company building diagnostic competency for […]. Karl Ronn is the managing director of Innovation Portfolio Partners. Based in Palo Alto, he helps Fortune 500 companies create new businesses or helps entrepreneurs start category creating new companies. He is a co-founder of VC-backed Butterfly Health that sells Butterfly body liners nationally.

The Little Black Book of Innovation: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Anthony Harvard Business Review Press (2012) How to develop and then apply the skills needed to create “something different that has impact” I have read and reviewed all of the other books that Scott Anthony has authored or co-authored and [.]. Bob's blog entries Clayton Christensen Harvard Business Review Press Harvard Business School How to develop and then apply the skills needed to create “something different that has impact” How to Do It Scott D.

Need, Speed, and Greed: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Vaitheeswaran Harper Business/An Imprint of HarperCollins (2012) A brilliant examination of “the new paradigm for sustainable economic development in the twenty-first century” How innovation happens is rapidly changing. Need, Speed, and Greed: How the New Rules of Innovation Can Transform Businesses, Propel Nations to Greatness, and Tame the World’s Most Wicked Problems Vijay V.

Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 4/29/13)

First Friday Book Synopsis

I hope that at least a few of these recent posts will be of interest to you: BOOK REVIEWS Customer CEO: How to Profit from the Power of Your Customers Chuck Wall The Referral Engine: Teaching Your Business to Market Itself John Jantsch Disney U : How Disney University Develops the World’s Most Engaged, Loyal, [.].

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Todd Henry: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

He regularly speaks and consults with companies, both large and small, about how to develop practices and systems that lead to everyday brilliance. Todd Henry is the founder and CEO of Accidental Creative, a company that helps creative people and teams generate brilliant ideas. Todd’s work has been featured by Fast Company, Fortune, Forbes, HBR.org, [.].

Lead from the Future

Leading Blog

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.

LeadershipNow 140: January 2020 Compilation

Leading Blog

Here are a selection of tweets from January 2020 that you don't want to miss: Teaching By Heart: A Guide For Great #Leadership This It is a remarkable book and a perfect means to refocus your leadership development this year. Clayton Christensen Rocked The World Gently from @JohnBaldoni.

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Disrupt Yourself: Play To Your Distinctive Strengths

Lead Change Blog

As the co-founder of a boutique investment firm with Clayton Christensen, Whitney Johnson came to realize that the frameworks of disruption not only apply to innovation and investing, but to individuals.

LeadershipNow 140: October 2015 Compilation

Leading Blog

MIT: New research fundamentally challenges Clay Christensen's theory of disruptive innovation. Like us on Facebook for additional leadership and personal development ideas. Here are a selection of tweets from October 2015 that you might have missed: 12 Simple Steps for Making Yourself Indispensable by @LollyDaskal via @Inc. 20 Behaviors Even the Most Successful People Need to Stop by @coachgoldsmith. The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs via HBR.

35 Leadership Quotes from the 10th Global Peter Drucker Forum

Leading Blog

Many managers mix up formulating a strategy and developing a plan. Efosa Ojomo, Research Fellow, Clayton Christensen Institute. ? Charles Handy, Social Philosopher. * * * Like us on Instagram and Facebook for additional leadership and personal development ideas. * * *. T HE 10th annual Global Peter Drucker Forum was held in November 2018 in Drucker's home town of Vienna, Austria. This year’s theme was Management: The Human Dimension.

New Year. New Leader.

Lead Change Blog

Here they are: Daniel Pink – In 2015, London-based Thinkers 50 named him, alongside Michael Porter and Clayton Christensen, as one of the top 10 business thinkers in the world. Whether you’ve been in a leadership role for several years, you’re a brand new leader, or you’re just an aspiring leader looking to grow your skills and influence, the start of a new year is a great time to focus on personal and leadership development. What do leaders need to know right now?

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Revealing Leadership Insights From Thinkers50

Tanveer Naseer

And, the winner of the 2013 Thinkers50, Clay Christensen, now sees his ideas of disruptive innovation used and applied by managers in their relentless quest for competitive advantage. Christensen, a professor at Harvard Business School, is the author of several best-selling books including The Innovator’s Dilemma , topped the Thinkers50 list for the second time running – an achievement matched only by management legends Peter Drucker and CK Prahalad.

Top Leadership Experts to Follow in 2015

Modern Servant Leader

Maybe you need a leadership development expert or public speaker. Or, maybe you’re focused on personal development and want to find the best content online to help you grow as a leader. of the Center for the Development of Evangelical Leadership @GCTS_Charlotte. Contact: caduhigg@gmail 9 43,800 5,107 9,706 Clayton Christensen Innovation, Leadership Professor at Harvard Business School. Obsessed with community development.

How to Motivate the Team? How can I Stay Motivated?

Mike Cardus

Hjørland & Sejer Christensen, 2002). Corporate Team Building Exponent Leadership Process Innovation Leadership Leadership Agenda Leadership Coaching Management Manager Training Multi-Generational Training Organization Development Power Point Problem Solving Solution-Focused Team Building Team Building Activity Team Training executive coaching motivation motivation at work motivation for teams organization development relevance enneagram relevance to work team coaching

096: Bringing the Lean Startup into Your Organization: Leadership in the Age of Uncertainty | with Jeff Dyer

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It presents a method for leveraging a set of tools emerging from lean start-up, design thinking, and agile software development. Jeff Dyer’s previous book The Innovator’s DNA, co-authored with by Clayton Christensen and Hal Gregersen, is a bestseller, has already been published in more than 13 languages, and won the 2011 Innovation Book of the Year Award from Chartered Management Institute.

Mindful Leadership And Personal Values

Joseph Lalonde

Clayton Christensen, a Harvard Professor says that only few people tend to hurt others and be dishonest in the initial stages of their career. Currently, he is working for Madinah Institute for Leadership and Development (Visit them on Facebook ), Madinah, KSA. Ali Jafri is a Certified Practitioner of Personality & Preference Inventory program (PAPI) which is a Psychometric tool developed by Cubiks an entity of PA Consulting U.K.

How Innovative Trailblazers are Transforming Business

Skip Prichard

Only those who are able to reinvent themselves, imagining new solutions, and developing new products and services to be relevant in the future will be poised to thrive. Research & Develop.’ Economic Disruption. Disruptive changes are transforming entire sectors of the economy.

How Innovative Companies Help Frontier Markets Grow

Harvard Business

Efosa Ojomo, global prosperity lead at the Clayton Christensen Institute, argues that international aid is not the best way to develop poor countries, nor are investments in natural resource extraction, outsourced labor, or incremental improvements to existing offerings for established customer bases.

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

Precision Medicine Could Have a Major Impact on Healthcare Outcomes and Costs - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM SIEMENS HEALTHINEERS

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Christensen and venture capitalist Spencer Nam, a senior research fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute, wrote in Harvard Health Policy Review , “Precisely understanding the causes and progression of a disease is the fastest and the most economical way to deliver more effective and individualized therapies to each person.” Innovation Research & development Sponsor Content

LeadershipNow 140: July 2012 Compilation

Leading Blog

Bill_George: Fellow HBS professor Clay Christensen shares 15 business theories to improve your life. Developing Trust by @LeadingSolution. Like us on Facebook for additional leadership and personal development ideas. Here are a selection of tweets from July 2012 that you might have missed: " Leading in the 21st century ". 31 Days of Twitter Tips from @beckyrbnsn Kindle version free for the month of August. Get your advance copy.

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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.

How New Managers Can Send the Right Leadership Signals

Harvard Business

Help connect work deliverables or professional development to what’s happening at the organizational level. As professor Clayton Christensen writes in his classic HBR article, “ How Will You Measure Your Life? ” Leadership transitions Managing people Leadership development Digital Article

Innovating over the Horizon: How to Survive Disruption and Thrive

Harvard Business Review

In the December 2012 Harvard Business Review, Clayton Christensen and Max Wessel shared new ideas about surviving disruption. Christensen and Wessel proposed a systematic way to chart the path and pace of disruption so organizations can fashion a complete strategic response. The key is developing a deep understanding of the "jobs" that customers want to get done, and what jobs disrupters could do better based on their extendable core.

Overcoming the Barriers to Corporate Entrepreneurship

Strategy Driven

To address the concerns of the standard supply chain providers, assure them that once developed, the innovative product will be best served by an efficient supply chain, but while in the development stage, responsiveness is essential. Clayton Christensen has described his initial “aha” moment as the realization that firms actually abandon some of their best innovations and entrepreneurial initiatives because their customers say they don’t want it.

The Power of Designing Products for Customers You Don’t Have Yet

Harvard Business

But without good options for doing that, I ended up doing nothing – what Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen calls “non consumption.” ” But as Christensen observes, finding pockets of non consumption is a ripe opportunity for innovation. Another example is found at Southern New Hampshire University, which is also explored in Christensen’s recent article (I’m one of the co-authors on the piece). Paul Garbett for HBR.

Ideas Don't Equal Innovation | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

In order for your enterprise to turn an idea into a monetizing and/or value creating event you should develop a strategic plan that attempts to measure the idea against the following 15 elements: 1. It should be developed as a solution to a problem or to exploit an opportunity. Moore and Christensen tell us what to do, but their prescription is rarely followed.

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If Ford Wants to Beat Tesla, It Needs to Go All In

Harvard Business

This is a play straight out of Clay Christensen’s disruption playbook. ” [Ford Smart Mobility’s] role is to design, develop, build, invest, and grow these mobility services. Companies have traditionally gone the self-disruption route when they’ve wanted to develop products that their existing customers would value in the future. Here is the problem: none of the three disruptors I have outlined here are traditional Christensen-style innovations.

Meaningful Work Should Not Be a Privilege of the Elite

Harvard Business

But their way of thinking about prosperity also offers direction for any managers who want to work harder to make the world better off: your mission is to imagine, develop, and launch more life-improving solutions, especially the kinds of goods and services that improve ordinary people’s lives. How businesses continue to develop and deploy information and communications technologies will profoundly affect whether prosperity is inclusive or exclusive.

We Need to Expand the Definition of Disruptive Innovation

Harvard Business Review

The latter is according to Clayton Christensen, Michael Raynor, and Rory McDonald in their recent HBR article “ What is Disruptive Innovation?” Christensen, Raynor, and McDonald argue that Uber is not disruptive because it offers neither a low-end service, nor a new market. This idea of excess capacity is missing from the definition offered by Christensen and his co-authors. I’m still a fan of Christensen’s work and his theories of disruption.

Too Much Team Harmony Can Kill Creativity

Harvard Business

For instance, a recent study of 100 product development teams found that two common disruptors of team harmony, namely diversity and task uncertainty, were positively associated with creative performance. Conversely, when teams and organizations enjoy too much harmony, they will gravitate toward inaction and complacency, which, as Clayton Christensen noted 20 years ago in The Innovator’s Dilemma , will breed decline and extinction. MATJAZ SLANIC/Getty Images.

Watch: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators

Harvard Business Review

In The Innovator’s DNA , co-authors Jeffrey Dyer , Hal Gregersen , and Clayton Christensen (The Innovator’s Dilemma, The Innovator’s Solution) built on what is known about disruptive innovation to show how individuals can develop the skills necessary to move from idea to impact. In this interactive Harvard Business Review webinar, Dyer describes these five key skills and explains how managers can develop them.

Socially Responsible Business Can Only Succeed If It Becomes a Movement

Harvard Business

Much of the welcome recent innovation in management practice has come from the fringes – new communities and groups developing approaches such as the agile (or Scrum) movement, design thinking, lean-startup methodologies and beyond-budgeting approaches, among others. But as Harvard’s Clay Christensen has noted, management thinking lacks common language and foundational theories; it badly needs a durable base for researchers and practice to build on and progress forward.

How Understanding Disruption Helps Strategists

Harvard Business Review

That’s no surprise, since Clayton Christensen co-founded our company in 2000, five years after his Harvard Business Review article with Joseph L. Christensen and two co-authors revisit where disruption theory stands today in a new HBR article, “What Is Disruptive Innovation?” Christensen’s research shows that disruption often starts at a market’s edges. Through the past 15 years my colleagues and I have wrestled with disruption in many contexts.

When Old Technologies Create New Industries

Harvard Business

People understandably get excited about new digital technologies, whether it’s the digital camera that is cheaper than developing rolls upon rolls of film, or the photo-sharing apps that – in turn — make your iPhone camera easier to use than your old digital camera.

0511 | Larry Downes: Full Transcript


If you know the kind of classic work of Clayton Christensen, he said that the way disruptive innovations could enter the market is as worse-but-cheaper innovations that would kind of establish a niche market of non-customers of yours as the incumbent and then work their way up and get better over time and eventually challenge your core markets and your core technologies. In that sense, the Christensen solution has become counterproductive; in fact, it’s become dangerous.

Great Corporate Strategies Thrive on the Right Amount of Tension

Harvard Business

Excessive strategic stress is typically a result of one or more of the following causes: (1) Too much autonomy, i.e. employees that follow their own agendas at the expense of corporate alignment (2) unrealistic strategic plans, i.e. the organization is not able to live up to the plans put forth by top management, and (3) market dynamics, i.e. external developments that push the organization in other directions than what was initially planned. Azri Suratmin/Getty Images.

What So Many Strategists Get Wrong About Digital Disruption

Harvard Business

They too developed a business model based on a pool of freelance consultants, but rather than rely on a database, a matching platform, or some other digital search function, they understood that in their business – high end strategy consulting – there was no substitute for really knowing people. Given the level of market uncertainty, you will really only be able to distinguish the fads from the more substantial developments after some time has passed.

Blockchain Will Transform Customer Loyalty Programs

Harvard Business

Clay Christensen's landmark theory -- in under two minutes. IBM, for example, is partnering with startup Loyyal to develop blockchain infrastructure for loyalty and rewards programs. Initially, each loyalty program might look to develop its own solution, but over time smaller loyalty programs might choose to band together to compete more effectively with larger ones. Loyalty programs have proliferated across travel, retail, financial services, and other economic sectors.