Download and listen-on-the-go to the 4th of 14 special episodes
What does it take to be the disruptor and not the disrupted? This series of special episodes provides clues. Scott and I are featuring our discussions about best-selling business books as well as our conversations with world-class business authors. (Links for Episodes 1 through 3 under Resources below).
This week we’re featuring our insights about three pairs of books that highlight and offer solutions to some of the paradoxes of innovation. We discuss pairs of best-selling business books in three themes:
- Embracing the power of uncertainty: Superforecasting and Losing the Signal
- The mandate to grow beyond current success: The Innovator’s Dilemma and Disrupt Yourself
- Redefining our habits of competition and collaboration: Friend & Foe and The Power of Habit
Pamela S. Harper is the Founding Partner and CEO of Business Advancement Inc., a strategic growth advisory firm based in Glen Rock, NJ. For more than 20 years, Pam has applied her gift for finding the hidden opportunities in every situation to helping clients in entrepreneurial, mid-market, and Fortune 500 companies across 30 industries create hundreds of millions of dollars of value in both top and bottom line growth.
Prior to founding BAI, Pam skyrocketed into the ranks of management by taking a progressive series of newly created organizational development positions is companies ranging from mid-market to Fortune 500 across multiple industries, all undergoing dramatic change and growth.
Pam has been quoted in, featured in, or written articles for prominent business media including Business Week, Investor’s Business Daily, Chiefexecutive.net, CEO.com and other major media. Her book, Preventing Strategic Gridlock, has been used as a text in universities around the world.
D. Scott Harper, Ph.D., is Sr. Partner with Business Advancement Inc. Throughout his career Scott has devoted himself to understanding why things work the way they do, and how to apply those insights to create new value. Scott helps clients sift through complexity and take full advantage of opportunities by discovering the hidden side of everything.
Before joining BAI in 2010, Scott held a succession of increasingly accountable innovation positions in the consumer healthcare industry. Since then, he has been published and quoted in prominent business media outlets including Chief Executive Magazine, CEO.com, CEO World Magazine, and the IndUS Business Journal.
Resources for This Episode
- Read about Superforecasting by Philip E. Tetlock & Dan Gardner
- Read about Losing the Signal by Jacquie McNish & Sean Silcoff
- Read about The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen
- Read about Disrupt Yourself by Whitney L. Johnson
- Read about Friend & Foe by Adam Galinsky & Maurice Schweitzer
- Read about The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
- Listen to previous episodes of our special series on “Being the Disrupter and Not the Disrupted”:
- Pam Harper & Scott Harper: Pam & Scott’s Book Pairing for Thinking Differently (Episode B-1)
- Guest Terence Mauri: Winning in the Age of Disruption: Secrets of the Leader’s Mindset (Episode B-2)
- Guest Judith E. Glaser: Accelerating Trust Through Conversational Intelligence (Episode B-3)
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