Clayton Christensen on “The Discipline of Managing Disruption”

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To Harvard professor Clayton Christensen, coauthor of How Will You Measure Your Life?, Bain & Company Ceramics Process Systems Corporation Clayton Christensen CPS Technologies Corporation Curtis W. a primary task of leadership is asking questions that anticipate great challenges. Here is a brief excerpt from an interview conducted by Art Kleiner for strategy+business magazine, published by Bain & Company.

Just to whet your appetite… book selections for upcoming months – (Clayton Christensen; Robert Cialdini; Tim Ferris; and other authors)

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Subtitled The Twelve Technological Forces That Will Shape our Future, Mr. Kelly, one of the founders of Wired Magazine, knows what he is talking… Read More Just to whet your appetite… book selections for upcoming months – (Clayton Christensen; Robert Cialdini; Tim Ferris; and other authors). (Warning: we reserve the right to change these at any time…). Tomorrow, at the October 7 First Friday Book Synopsis: I loved the book I am presenting: The Inevitable by Kevin Kelly.

The Innovator’s Dilemma: A book review by Bob Morris

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The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail Clayton M. Christensen HarperCollins (2003) A brilliant analysis of a multi-dimensional paradox Having just re-read this “business classic,&# I admire it even more now than I did when it was first published. In his Introduction, Christensen makes his objective crystal clear: “This book is [.].

Clayton Christensen: What I’ll Miss About Andy Grove

Harvard Business Review

But this confidence served as a platform that allowed Andy to learn important things from every person — even Clayton Christensen. Technology Business education Digital ArticleFederico Beccari. I am easily a foot taller than Andy Grove.

3 tips for TED speakers (and other talkers)

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but not too much Robert Leslie/TED Conference Say it like yourself Say something important TED FellowsTEDx programs the TED Conference TEDGlobal TED Talks video site three worlds: Technology/ Entertainment/Design To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others Wall Street Journal

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Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 10/14/13)

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Badaracco Karen Christensen Lessons from the Sandbox Liquid Brand Agency Marty Neumeier McKinsey Quarterly Michael A. I hope that at least a few of these recent posts will be of interest to you: BOOK REVIEWS Lessons from the Sandbox: Rediscovering the Keys to Business Success Alan Gregerman Why Great Leaders Don’t Take Yes for an Answer: Managing for Conflict and Consensus Michael A. Roberto Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within […].

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Strategy’s strategist: An interview with Richard Rumelt

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Bob's blog entries Clayton Christensen Strategy’s strategist: An interview with Richard Rumelt Dan P. third generation] cellular technology high-bandwidth opportunities are being overhyped in this 3G game technologists often overshoot consumer demand speculative judgments are the essence of strategic thinking Strategic thinking helps us take positions in a world that is confusing and uncertain ambiguity and uncertainty are the flip side of opportunity

Why Preventing Disruption in 2017 Is Harder Than It Was When Christensen Coined the Term

Harvard Business Review

Disruption is a systemic problem: Clayton Christensen outlined in 1997 why it was so difficult for any individual business to defuse disruptive threats and embrace disruptive trends. They’ve read Christensen’s book The Innovator’s Dilemma. When Christensen conducted the research for The Innovator’s Dilemma , he looked at industries that were asset-heavy.

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.

Disruptive Change vs. The Small Steps of Kaizen (Maybe not Either/Or, but Both/And)

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Christensen. Here’s the description (from Wikipedia): A disruptive innovation is an innovation that helps create a new market and value network, and eventually disrupts an existing market and value network (over a few years or decades), displacing an earlier technology. We know of the value of disruptive change, described best by Clayton M.

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Breaking the Death Grip of Legacy Technologies

Harvard Business Review

Technologies like 3-D printing, robotics, advanced motion controls, and new methods for continuous manufacturing hold great potential for improving how companies design and build products to better serve customers. The technologies and trends shaping tomorrow’s businesses.

Why "Break Technologies" Will Change Your Business

Harvard Business Review

One way to do this is to look for "break technologies.". However, as Clayton Christensen aptly points out, disruption occurs over time — not in a specific instant. While the value chain will optimize for specific circumstances, often technologies are created that eliminate the need for certain pieces of an industry's value chain. In the 1990's, cellular technology eliminated the usefulness of physical phone lines in the telephone value chain. Business is dynamic.

Why It???s Good to Be a ???Technology Company???

Harvard Business Review

Venture capitalist Chris Dixons declaration , after plunking $50 million down on Buzzfeed, that he was investing in a technology company has been causing a bit of head-scratching and gentle mockery in media circles. When Buzzfeed editors do it, its technology. Which you could, with some justification, call a technology. Heres Dixon explaining his thinking on his blog: Many of todays great media companies were built on top of emerging technologies.

How Technology Creates Jobs for Less Educated Workers

Harvard Business Review

Conventional wisdom holds that new technology requires highly educated workers. There is little doubt that new technologies have taken a heavy toll on less educated workers not only in manufacturing industries, but also in routine white-collar jobs. Managers need to understand the role of technological maturity, the value of experience, and how employees’ technical skills develop under different business models. Much of this technology has been around for a long time.

Giving Thanks For Conversation

Bird's Eye View

It’s so easy to “communicate” through technology-assisted means that some of us have trouble remembering the last truly fascinating, life-changing conversation we’ve had.   Christensen is a man of extraordinary talents and among them has been his ability to

Dinosaurs, Big Consulting Firms and Disruptive Innovation

N2Growth Blog

Thanks to Professor Clayton Christensen of Harvard University and his 1997 landmark book, The Innovator’s Dilemma , we have a new way of understanding the life cycle of companies and why some market leaders maintain their dominant position and other one-time market leaders disappear.

Revealing Leadership Insights From Thinkers50

Tanveer Naseer

Technology has clearly paid a huge part in this, but the biggest driver of change in how organizations are run is the ceaseless quest for improvement; to manage more efficiently and effectively to better achieve business results. Christensen’s influence on the business world has been profound.

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Those companies are the closest things to fruit flies that the business world will ever see." - From The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail by Clayton M. ChristensenWhen I began my search for an answer to the puzzle of why the best firms can fail, a friend offered some sage advice. Those who study genetics avoid studying humans," he noted.

The Value of Vision Series – Introduction

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Whitney Johnson – Co-founder of Rose Park Advisors, Clayton Christensen’s investment firm, and author of Dare-Dream-Do. Daniel Burrus – Technology futurist and author Flash Foresight. Vision is not the hot buzzword it once was.

Overcoming the Barriers to Corporate Entrepreneurship

Strategy Driven

Instead, longevity is based on entrepreneurial thinking and innovation – in exploring ways to adapt corporate and business strategies in response to market, technological, and social and cultural change.

The Value of Vision Series – Whitney Johnson

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Whitney Johnson is a leading thinker on driving innovation via personal disruption and a co-founder of Clayton Christensen’s investment firm Rose Park Advisors.

Leading to Disruptive Innovation


In the book, the Innovator’s DNA , Clayton Christensen and colleagues list five behaviors that characterize innovative leaders: associational thinking, questioning, observing, networking and experimenting. Disruptive innovation is no longer the exception, it’s the rule.

Jobs to be Done

Deming Institute

In Clayton Christensen’s new book, Competing Against Luck , the authors delve into the importance of gaining a deep understanding of what your customers desire. If you are in the business of making carburetors you are at risk of technological innovation putting you out of business.

Disruptive Business Models | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

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.

Top Leadership Experts to Follow in 2015

Modern Servant Leader

Contact: caduhigg@gmail 9 43,800 5,107 9,706 Clayton Christensen Innovation, Leadership Professor at Harvard Business School. Are you looking for the top leadership experts to follow in 2015? Maybe you need a leadership development expert or public speaker.

SAP's Sleeping Product Giant « Crossderry Blog

Crossderry Blog

There are many cool technologies floating around, but they don’t fit in the “margin now&# mindset that has pervaded the company. My post was focused on SAP’s innovation ills, but I can’t and don’t separate the technology (and process) from the people.

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The Energy Efficiency of Trust & Vulnerability

Mills Scofield

Add to this that more and more interfaces are standardized and subjected to competition (per Clay Christensen ) and we are seeing an emerging alphabet — components that can be assembled in endless combinations as manifestations of unique ideas. Note: Carl & I met at BIF9.

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The Real Reason Companies Are Spending Less on Tech

Harvard Business Review

job market troubles of the past decade than new technology had. But I couldn’t help but fixate on that information-technology chart, which seemed to show corporate America giving up on IT. Or maybe modern information technology just keeps getting cheaper.

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Meaningful Work Should Not Be a Privilege of the Elite

Harvard Business Review

How businesses continue to develop and deploy information and communications technologies will profoundly affect whether prosperity is inclusive or exclusive. Collaborative platforms allow people to combine their measurements and observations of large-scale phenomena (such as water quality ), while advances in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and sheer computational power extend the powers of human intellect just as earlier technologies amplified human strength.

7 Tips In Leading People Older Than You « Linked 2 Leadership

Linked 2 Leadership

Be patient with them Sometimes the older team member may not be as culturally , technologically , or trend-savvy , but he or she will make up for it by adding to the team in other ways.

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Where Disruptive Innovation Came From

Harvard Business Review

My own take is that Clay Christensen and his co-authors on the theory made a substantial contribution to our understanding of innovation. Christensen’s work is part of a rich body of research that, taken as a whole, explains more than any single theory can.

Blockchain Will Transform Customer Loyalty Programs

Harvard Business Review

How Blockchain Works Here are five basic principles underlying the technology. Best known as the technology behind bitcoin, blockchain enables a ledger of transactions to be shared across a network of participants. Clay Christensen's landmark theory -- in under two minutes. Many industries have experienced disruption, due to technologies that successfully reduced inefficiencies and frictions, often disintermediating established players in the process.

The Real Power of Platforms Is Helping People Self-Organize

Harvard Business Review

That is a remarkable example of how technology will reshape how we organize to get work done at scale in the future. Innovation Technology Managing organizations Digital ArticleUber, the car-sharing service, has become ubiquitous. It’s now a multi-billion-dollar global business.

Your Life Is A Process

Linked 2 Leadership

Nicole Gnutzman Beyond Polarity: A Third Way of Thinking Just Do It, Just Doesn’t Cut It Anymore Jason Christensen Managing Mondays: No Help Allowed!

4 Characteristics of A Trustworthy Leader

Linked 2 Leadership

Nicole Gnutzman Beyond Polarity: A Third Way of Thinking Just Do It, Just Doesn’t Cut It Anymore Jason Christensen Managing Mondays: No Help Allowed!

How The Boss Found Christmas « Linked 2 Leadership

Linked 2 Leadership

Nicole Gnutzman Beyond Polarity: A Third Way of Thinking Just Do It, Just Doesn’t Cut It Anymore Jason Christensen Managing Mondays: No Help Allowed!

Strong Leaders Move Toward the Unknown

Linked 2 Leadership

Nicole Gnutzman Beyond Polarity: A Third Way of Thinking Just Do It, Just Doesn’t Cut It Anymore Jason Christensen Managing Mondays: No Help Allowed!

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7 Ways to Correct Team Members Correctly « Linked 2 Leadership

Linked 2 Leadership

Nicole Gnutzman Beyond Polarity: A Third Way of Thinking Just Do It, Just Doesn’t Cut It Anymore Jason Christensen Managing Mondays: No Help Allowed!

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Ideas Don't Equal Innovation | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Moore and Christensen tell us what to do, but their prescription is rarely followed.

Articles of Faith: Great Leadership « Linked 2 Leadership

Linked 2 Leadership

Nicole Gnutzman Beyond Polarity: A Third Way of Thinking Just Do It, Just Doesn’t Cut It Anymore Jason Christensen Managing Mondays: No Help Allowed!

Creating a Future for (American) Cleantech

Harvard Business Review

It was only a few years ago that Governor Deval Patrick poured some $58 million into the company and their much-lauded breakthrough solar technology (String Ribbon). The simple lesson is that using public money to make big bets on individual companies and their technologies is incredibly risky — especially when China is making similar bets that are orders of magnitude bigger on its companies. Government Sustainability Technology

7 Steps to (Much) More Effective Meetings « Linked 2 Leadership

Linked 2 Leadership

Nicole Gnutzman Beyond Polarity: A Third Way of Thinking Just Do It, Just Doesn’t Cut It Anymore Jason Christensen Managing Mondays: No Help Allowed!