What leaders get most wrong about disruption

Posted by Mike Walsh

Aug 20, 2020 6:41:17 AM



We talk about disruption all the time, but are we ready to embrace what that really means? Many companies set disruption as their goal, and even believe that by shaking up their market, they will achieve high levels of growth. For Charlene Li, leaders have all it all backwards. Disruption doesn't create growth; instead, growth creates disruption.


Charlene Li is the author of six books on innovation, digital transformation and leadership, including the New York Times bestseller, Open Leadership and co-author of the critically acclaimed book, Groundswell. Her latest book is the bestseller The Disruption Mindset. She is the Founder and Senior Fellow at Altimeter, a disruptive analyst firm acquired in 2015 by Prophet. Named one of the most creative people in business by Fast Company, Charlene is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.



In this episode, you will learn

  1. Newspapers, the first Internet Boom and why traditional media struggled to embrace the future (00:21)
  2. Why creating an innovation division may by counterproductive (05:09)
  3. How Adobe pulled off a disruptive transformation without losing their business (06:00)
  4. The art of surviving a big bet, and how T-Mobile made theirs (07:48)
  5. Why leaders should focus on their future customers, and where Facebook got it right and Myspace got it wrong (09:41)
  6. How the pandemic changed the way we think about disruption (15:01)
  7. The impact of disruption on jobs (19:50)
  8. What it takes to create a movement for change in your organization (21:50)

CATEGORY: Leadership

How to design a culture of transformation

Posted by Mike Walsh

Jul 30, 2020 7:58:41 AM

Adam Fraser


Workplace transformation has never been more important than now, in this time of crisis. So what does it take to build and sustain a culture that is not only innovative and creative, but capable handling constant reinvention? Is the fact that it is difficult and uncomfortable, the very reason we should do it anyway? Dr Adam Fraser is a human performance researcher and consultant who studies how organizations adopt a high performance culture to thrive in this challenging and evolving business landscape. He is the author of Strive: Embracing the gift of struggle and The Third Space: Using Life's Little Transitions to find Balance and Happiness.



CATEGORY: Leadership, HR

How to build a culture of distributed work

Posted by Mike Walsh

Jun 18, 2020 7:07:32 AM

Didier Elzinga-1


Now that the pandemic has plunged us into the world's largest remote work experiment, what are we learning about the kind of culture that supports distributed organizations? And how do leaders build a cultural operating system for a time of crisis and change? To answer this question, and to also understand how data is changing our understanding of performance and transformation - I spoke with Didier Elzinga, the CEO and co-founder of Culture Amp – one of the world’s fastest growing technology startups and has helped companies around the world harness the power of employee feedback to drive positive change. If you enjoyed this episode and Didier's perspectives, please take a moment to read my article on this topic in the Harvard Business Review



CATEGORY: Culture, Leadership

Uncertainty, AI and data: the quest to reimagine the social sciences

Posted by Mike Walsh

Feb 3, 2020 2:10:55 AM

Roman Marchant


Regardless of your profession, one of the most important steps to becoming a better decision maker is knowing how to quantify uncertainty. That applies if you are a scientist, a poker player or a business leader. And while it is not unusual to apply probabilistic approaches to applications like robots or environmental monitoring - what is more challenging and potentially revolutionary is using similar strategies to more effectively fight crime or prevent bushfires. One of the leading thinkers in this field is Dr Roman Marchant, a lecturer and researcher in machine learning at the University of Sydney. I spoke with Marchant about his current research into developing new data science techniques to answer complex social questions such using AI for predictive policing and the implications for bias and discrimination.




CATEGORY: Culture, Leadership

What are the jobs of the future?

Posted by Mike Walsh

Oct 7, 2019 9:31:16 AM

Ben Pring


So finally some good news: according to Cognizant’s Jobs of the Future index, since early 2017, the index's jobs of the future have been growing faster than all jobs. I strongly believe that the Algorithmic Age will create as many interesting jobs as it destroys, and so was fascinated to catch up with Ben Pring, who co-founded and leads Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work. Ben is a co-author of the best-selling and award winning books, What To Do When Machines Do Everything (2017) and Code Halos; How the Digital Lives of People, Things, and Organizations are Changing the Rules of Business (2014). We spoke about why the jobs of the future will those that incorporate the qualities of coaching, caring and connecting - and what ultimately this means for leaders as they start to think about reimagining their organizations for the 21st century.



CATEGORY: Leadership