Though seemingly sudden, inflection points are not random nor unexpected. Every “overnight” shift is actually the final stage of a process that has been subtly building over time. Armed with the right strategies and tools, smart business leaders can learn to spot inflection points before they hit—and use them to gain a competitive advantage.

Paradigmatic shifts in the business landscape, known as inflection points, can either create new opportunities (see Amazon and Netflix)—or they can lead to devastating consequences (e.g. Blockbuster and Toys R Us). Only those individuals who can “see around corners”—that is, spot disruptive inflection points developing before they hit—can position their organizations (and themselves) for success.

Columbia Business School Professor and corporate advisor Rita McGrath contends that inflection points, though they may seem sudden, are not. Every seemingly overnight shift is actually the final stage of a process that has been subtly building over time. Armed with the right perspectives and tools, smart leaders can anticipate inflection points and leverage them to create a real competitive advantage.

Seeing Around Corners is the first hands-on guide on how to anticipate, understand, and capitalize on the key inflection points that shape the constantly shifting marketplace.

Who should read this book?

It takes incredible observation and analysis to spot an inflection point happening in real time, which is why I feel everyone at every level within a company could benefit from reading it.  Business today is dynamic, complex, global, ever-changing and it’s extremely hard for companies to survive the long-run, which is why all employees need to contribute with a heavier leaning on senior level managers to be agile and keep their eyes on the prize.

How I will use this book.

My corporate role requires me to drive exceptional service levels of our 5 brands.  This includes reducing the turnaround time of submittal packages, reducing tech support ticket cycle times, reducing quality claims, reducing supply chain lead times, etc.  Where I can help contribute is by continuing to keep my pulse on where technology will go in terms of using blockchain, AI, robotics, VR/AR, etc. and utilize that in my role, but also ensuring that our cross-functional business partners are also aware and keeping their pulse on things as well.


Book summary coming soon….

Snow melts from the edges

Early warnings

Weak signals

Customers, not hostages

Creating a plan to learn fast

Galvanizing the organization

Innovation proficiency defanging the organizational antibodies

How leadership can and must learn to see around corners

Seeing around corners in your own life