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Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen

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The first prescriptive, innovative guide to seeing inflection points before they happen—and how to harness these disruptive influences to give your company a strategic advantage.

Paradigmatic shifts in the business landscape, known as inflection points,can either create new, entrepreneurial opportunities (see Amazon and Netflix)or they can lead to devastating consequences
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Eduardo Menezes
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
A professora Rita McGrath não é considerada uma das maiores influenciadoras em pensamento estratégico à toa. Nessa obra, ela busca atender a uma demanda relativamente antiga de gestores "quando concentrar esforços em desenvolver iniciativas que tirem proveito de potenciais pontos de inflexão?" Para isso, ela trouxe uma abordagem ora prescritiva ora descritiva, combinando teoria com diversos cases de empresas e gestores, o que torna a leitura fluida.

Para tirar proveito do livro, recomendo que o
Mukesh Gupta
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing

-- I got this book as an advance review copy from Netgalley. Rita McGrath has produced another stunning book, in a way even better than her earlier book “The End of Competitive advantage”.

Ease of reading:

-- The book is not only easy to read. The stories and the insights from the stories follow one after the other. The stories keep the reader interested and the insights from the stories allows us to learn from these stories.

What I loved about the book:

-- We are living in a world
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: entrepreneurship
It's interesting that McGrath pretty much sums up her own book - “The techniques described here are not about making predictions and being right. They are about generating possibilities and opening your mind to what might happen, so that as evidence gets stronger, you are ready to take action. For any future state, there are many variables that can lead to one outcome or another. What is valuable in complex systems is to be able to keep multiple possible futures in mind so that if and when they ...more
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is not a technical book about how to see inflection points. Most of the time new trends that are about to become big will already be talked about a lot. The problem is in whether you and your Organization are blindsided by the entrenched way of doing things (too late), or trying to start things before things are ready (too early). So how to get the timing right?

1. Get out of the house and office. Talk to front line staff and customers. Not the kind of automated surveys that they send you
Scott Wozniak
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a solid summary of the ways to approach innovation and disruption. The standard tools that work in a stable environment won't work in a situation where you don't know the path, where you can't build a step by step plan.

Don't spend a lot of money upfront and don't measure the same things as your usual projects. Instead, look for insight from the "edges" of your community. Run a lot of small experiments. Celebrate learning, not efficiency or profit. And lead in a high trust, low command
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Paradigmatic shifts in business, also knows as inflection points, can make or break organizations. This book helps business leaders know how to spot those and take action to prepare for opportunities or disruption.

This book is written well. This is the first book of Rita Mcgrath I’ve ever read and I found it interesting and insightful. I can’t wait to read her other book The End of Competitive Advantage.

The points in this book are well presented. There are also figures that help illustrate the
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Adding this book to my virtual shelf of the great strategy books. It is easy to read and full of stories about companies and people. Theory is well mixed with great examples. I found the book very easy to read and it makes you think as a leader in your company and as an individual if you are looking for a challenge in your career. Thank you for the advanced reader copy!
Nick Frazier
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good read discussing why organizations (businesses in this case) fail to adopt innovation efforts.
Anybody serving in the military can feel the pain when the author discusses "innovation theater" or the attempt to start innovating but failing to back it with processes, education, culture, or leadership.
Lauri Svan
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
The concept or inflection points seems very similar to Gladwell's tipping point, yet this author builds a bit more classification of organisation readiness for it.

Personally, I am more interested in how inflection points are created and therefore found this book of less value than Tipping Point.
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting discussion!

The idea of inflection points is truly individual as the author points out. The text is an interesting look at this and the processes one can undertake to improve themselves and their organizations ability to make strategic adjustments.
Michael Payne
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Snow melts at the edges. - Andy Grove

Change happens slowly at first and at the perimeter; then all at once.

The monolithic dominance of Silicon Valley in tech is melting at the edges.

Think Anywhere, it works.
Lasse Larvanko
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Felt that 90% of the stuff has been in other books.

Still interesting stuff, last 100 pages are top notch.
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding book if you want to position yourself or your company to capitalize on (or survive) future inflection points. It is also a good way to run your career over 40+ years.
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