Category Growth

The Curve Ahead

The Curve Ahead
by Dave Power
Palgrave Macmillan
Retail Price $25.00
Amazon Price: $18.30

Book Description: 

Why do most growth companies stop growing? These fast-growing businesses are the engines of economic growth and wealth creation, but most fall behind the curve before reaching their potential. Executives are surprised when their business models mature sooner than expected, victims of the familiar S-Curve. Tragically, once-promising companies are often sold by investors too ready to throw in the towel. So what can leaders do to keep moving forward?To sustain growth, companies need to discover their next S-Curve. But few have a repeatable process for uncovering new opportunities before their core business stalls. The Curve Ahead offers a practical approach to sustaining long-term growth. It describes how growth companies can build innovation into the rhythm of their business operations and culture using design thinking, prototyping, business model design and other Innovation Power Tools.The Curve Ahead utilizes the power of storytelling to illustrate its messages. Power describes how LoJack and Groupon fell behind the curve, while Amazon, Jawbone, Darn Tough Socks and many others have fueled growth with a series of new S-Curves.

This book will help thousands of mid-sized companies stay ahead of the curve and discover the path to unlimited revenue growth.

Review

This is a must read for any business leader dealing with the challenges of growing their business. Before undertaking a growth strategy you must have a clear understanding of why you’re growing. No doubt that enduring companies excel at doing what is discussed in this book. The content of the book is really great, as the author fills the whole idea with examples from successful companies as he encourages the reader to keep their eyes on the road ahead for the next S-Curve.  If you are thinking about growing your organization, this is a must read.

~Reviewed by Dave H.

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    Accelerate
    By John P. Kotter
    Harvard Business Review
    Retail Price $25.00
    Amazon Price: $18.63

    Book Description: 

    It’s a familiar scene in organizations today: a new competitive threat or a big opportunity emerges. You quickly create a strategic initiative in response and appoint your best people to make change happen. And it does—but not fast enough. Or effectively enough. Real value gets lost and, ultimately, things drift back to the default status.Why is this scenario so frequently repeated in industries and organizations across the world? In the groundbreaking new book Accelerate (XLR8), leadership and change management expert, and best-selling author, John Kotter provides a fascinating answer—and a powerful new framework for competing and winning in a world of constant turbulence and disruption.

    Kotter explains how traditional organizational hierarchies evolved to meet the daily demands of running an enterprise. For most companies, the hierarchy is the singular operating system at the heart of the firm. But the reality is, this system simply is not built for an environment where change has become the norm. Kotter advocates a new system—a second, more agile, network-like structure that operates in concert with the hierarchy to create what he calls a “dual operating system”—one that allows companies to capitalize on rapid-fire strategic challenges and still make their numbers.

    Accelerate (XLR8) vividly illustrates the five core principles underlying the new network system, the eight Accelerators that drive it, and how leaders must create urgency in others through role modeling. And perhaps most crucial, the book reveals how the best companies focus and align their people’s energy and urgency around what Kotter calls the big opportunity.

    If you’re a pioneer, a leader who knows that bold change is necessary to survive and thrive in an ever-changing world, this book will help you accelerate into a better, more profitable future.

    Review

    This is a fantastic book for those leaders who are movers and shakers and want to make things happen…quickly!  In this book the author explains how to implement strategies of a dual operating system that will help you get ahead and stay that way.  Kotter presents us with a proven model that will not only impact the way you do business, but how you run your organization.  Following his lead, your business will see improved productivity and exponential growth..

    ~Reviewed by David H.

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