Weekend Leadership Reading: 2/7/20

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Weekends are time when things slow down a little. Your weekend shouldn’t be two more regular workdays. That’s a sure road to burnout. Take time to refresh yourself. Take time for something different. Take time for some of that reading you can’t find time for during the week.

Here are choice articles on hot leadership topics culled from the business schools, the business press and major consulting firms. This week there are articles about big change. You can call it innovation if you like. You can even call it disruption.

From Greg Satell: There Are 3 Ways To Innovate, But Only One Can Win The Future

“every business needs to innovate. Yet innovation is not, as some would have us believe, just about moving fast and breaking things. It’s about solving the problems you need to create a better future. What most fail to grasp is that a key factor of success is how you source problems, build a pipeline and, ultimately, choose which ones you will work on.”

From David Midgley: Developing a Toolkit for Strategic Foresight

“Why some companies see disruption coming from a mile away, and respond accordingly.”

From Joe Ucuzoglu: Three Megatrends Could Make Or Break Your Business This Decade

“How can CEOs both lead in the more recognizable world of the next two years and position their organizations to thrive past the next ten? Read on.”

From Irving Wladawsky-Berger: The Puzzling Economic Impact of Transformative Technologies

“As we’ve learned over the past two centuries, there’s generally been a significant time lag between the broad acceptance of a major new transformative technology and its ensuing impact on companies, governments and other institutions. Even after reaching a tipping point of market acceptance, it takes considerable time, – often decades, – for these new technologies and business models to be widely embraced across economies and societies, – and for their full benefits to be realized.”

From Ben Thompson: The End of the Beginning

“There is an implication in the “generational change is inevitable” argument that paradigm shifts are sui generis. The personal computer was a discrete event, the Internet another, and mobile a third. Now we are simply waiting to see what is next — perhaps augmented reality, or voice assistants. In fact, I would argue the opposite: the critical paradigm shifts in technology, which drove the generational changes that Evans wrote about, are part of a larger pattern.”

From Danielle Kost: What’s Really Disrupting Business? It’s Not Technology

“Technology doesn’t drive disruption—customers do. In a new book, marketing professor Thales Teixeira argues that successful disruptors are faster to spot and serve emerging customer needs than larger competitors.”

Book Suggestions

Cascades: How to Create a Movement that Drives Transformational Change by Greg Satell

The Innovation Manual: Integrated Strategies and Practical Tools for Bringing Value Innovation to the Market by David Midgley

Unlocking the Customer Value Chain: How Decoupling Drives Consumer Disruption by Thales Teixeira

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: 50th Anniversary Edition by Thomas S. Kuhn

The Disruption Mindset: Why Some Organizations Transform While Others Fail by Charlene Li

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