Digitization is the biggest disruption for business as usual at any major corporation. Trusted mindsets and existing business models are collapsing, corporations are struggling to react to the Fourth Industrial Revolution by risking too little transformation too slowly – and your industry is up next! It’s time to wake up, act and really shape digital change. We need to take up responsibility for digitization and Europe might well be the center stage for this change.
Fightback delivers a stunning and convincing blueprint that will enable business leaders to use the digital economy to their advantage by leveraging three powerful, but little understood, strategic tools – platform business models, digital ventures and the special skills of tech entrepreneurs. Based on a sophisticated analysis, the book is a hands-on playbook for corporate renewal in an age of digitization and makes a convincing case for Europe leading the way in changing minds and business around the world.
Upgrade your business model for the fourth industrial revolution
A hands-on playbook for corporate renewal in an age of platforms, ecosystems and pervasive digitalization.
Develop impactful digital strategies – allowing for small businesses to advance with global exposure.
Create powerful digital ventures and revitalise business branding with a new and au courant outlook for consumer appeal.
Fightback is part of an ongoing movement to drive the next wave of innovation, growth and survival in these competitive climates.
Publisher: LID Publishing
FORMAT: 198 x 129mm
Felix Staeritz founded his first company at 16 and is a serial entrepreneur, digital growth expert and investor. As an adviser and mentor, he has supported many digital companies and advised international organizations from the European Commission and the World Bank to the United Nations. Felix is a member of the World Economic Forum s Digital Leaders board. He studied in Germany, the US and Asia and is now based in Vienna and Berlin.
Simon Torrance is one of the world’s leading experts on business model transformation, platform strategy and digital ventures. He is currently an independent adviser to Boards and Leadership teams on these topics. Previously he was FoundersLane’s UK Managing Director. Simon is a member of the World Economic Forum’s executive working group on Digital Platforms and Ecosystems, co-founder and chair of the Platform Economy Summit, a guest lecturer at Singularity University and a sought-after keynote speaker. He is British and lives in London.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is creating a rapid, comprehensive transformation technologically, economically, socially and politically. To shape this transformation, we must take collective responsibility. Fightback showcases how to embrace digitalization and how to overcome disruption.
Klaus Schwab Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum
Digital transformation, platform-based business model, innovative corporate culture that’s what we are working on every day. Fightback addresses these key challenges and illustrates that traditional companies in particular must proactively shape digital change in order to be successful in the future. A must-read for everyone working in a traditional industry.
Gisbert Rühl, Chief Executive Officer, Klöckner
A must-read for every company that wants to stay ahead of disruption. Boards and executives will learn to leverage new sources of growth by partnering with entrepreneurs.
Gunnar Groebler, Senior Vice President, Business Area Wind, Vattenfall
In 2012, the Chinese company Huawei Technologies overtook Ericsson to become the world’s largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer, firmly establishing itself on the world business map. Today, it has over 170,000 employees worldwide and in 2014 the company generated a remarkable profit of $5.5 billion.
Whilst research and development and the technology that results from it are core drivers of Huawei’s success, the company’s amazing growth is also determined by its human resource strategy. This is based on a “customer-first” attitude, the belief that obtaining opportunities is through hard work and, above all, “a dedication to do the best in anything we do”. How Huawei promotes this dedication amongst its workforce is the subject of this important book. Through original incentive systems, employee ownership and the mentality to act like a boss, Huawei has managed to create a culture of dedication that has become the bedrock of its growth today.
The health of our brain, as measured through cognitive health domains such as “executive function”, is the single most important aspect of our overall health. In business, good cognitive health enables you to go beyond simply coping, to managing and leading. For a fully functioning brain enables us to operate to our highest capacity and reach optimum performance. Improved cognitive health allows us to become sharp, accurate, confident, precise, attentive, a source of wisdom and a bundle of energy.
This book provides a comprehensive overview of the key cognitive health domains and how they impact your ability to operate at your best. You will understand the importance of each domain in order for you to maximize your cognitive health and be your best – or to have the best executive function.
We live in a world of constant change and disruption caused mainly by new technology. Yet, in business, there is widespread apathy, paralysis and confusion in many established companies in face of the obvious scope, scale, reach and pace of disruptive change. Why? Because Denial is the natural default response, given how executives’ brains function and how they are trained.
This important book examines why companies seem paralysed in the headlights of onrushing digital and other disruption. In analysing and understanding this tendency towards denial in companies, the author is then able to guide executives to begin seeing a new perspective to coping with the transformation challenge that faces them. Full of insightful case studies and lessons gained from the author’s work with leading companies, this is a hugely timely book when virtually all companies and executives must deal with the threat of disruptive change.
Across the world businesses are searching for ways to work leaner and smarter. Working virtually across countries, time zones, and regions is, in theory, a good way to stay connected and keep travel and accommodation costs down. Businesses must be competent at working virtually in order to thrive and, meeting virtually is today’s reality.
Technology companies are getting better and better at supporting meaningful virtual meetings and communication media is galloping ahead with people actively staying connected through social media and yet, at the same time virtual business meetings are hitting a glass ceiling. This book suggests that the human behaviour needed to make the most of these meetings is struggling to keep up.
In this book you will learn how to make meetings work for you, how to be present and how to be understood, why you suck at meetings today and what to do about it for tomorrow.
Whether we are exploring a new idea, new career, or new endeavour, we encounter self-doubt, fear of failure and risks. Drawing on behavioural economics, psychology, and self-leadership principles, these strategies/exercises will give you a jumpstart and position you for success immediately after launch. This book draws on Sanyin's experience in behavioural science and economics, interviews on innovation, and in mentoring entrepreneurs. It also draws on ideas such as turning failures into brilliant mistakes, and many more. Short, sharp, snappy and impactful. This book makes any launch achievable.
The future of business will be all about “business as unusual”. The rising wave of new technology in particular will mean companies and individuals will experience change at a rate and scale that will surprise many. In this book, a leading futurist and consultant provides a unique perspective for understanding and managing such change.
Hyttffors draws from the idea of yogic philosophy and the concept of mind mastery to help managers address the future of rapid change. He weaves together cutting edge technology with ancient Indian philosophy to increase business leaders’ understanding of how everything is becoming interconnected, and how current problems on a macro level and disruptive technologies (as solutions) will change the world. Moreover, he argues that successful management of change can be achieved by managers through a deeper understanding of human emotions.
This is an authoritative and practical guide to collecting, analysing and managing data, to enable managers and companies to develop successful business strategies. Data has become a dominant factor in today's business environment. This book, written by a leading practitioner, explains the underpinning nature of data for a company's business strategy. The book begins with data collection: getting data is no big deal; getting the right data to win in the market is. It moves on to data analysis: turning data into actionable intelligence is what drives and determines competitive advantage. And, finally, managing data: how to organise your data collection and analysis to create winning strategies. This is a definitive book about one of the most important topics in today's digital and data-driven economy.
Author: Erik Elgersma
This book explores and demonstrates the transformative learning experiences that organizations and their leaders can derive from the arts. It is through the arts that we have always explored our humanity: through dance and music; art and sculpture; theatre and poetry. The arts allow us to explore our own selves and our relationship to others and to the world around us. This central role of the arts is commonly accepted in everyday life, but the implications of this are not typically extended to the world of business.The authors argues strongly that, to the contrary, the methodologies and approaches that are fundamental to performing artists of all kinds can provide exactly the kind of inspirational, people-centred and performance-related techniques that are missing from much of the typically mechanistic, systems-based and process-driven training and development of managers and executives. Technical proficiency and expertise are not enough to deliver an award-winning result; what enables a truly outstanding performance is the elusive but entirely recognizable element of artistry – the spark that transforms a technically good performance into something extraordinary.
China's economic rise and influence has been one of the most significant developments in the global economy of recent times. A driving force behind this expansion has been the private entrepreneurs and companies of China, some of which have literally redefined the economic and business landscape, both inside and outside of China. Ma Huateng (Pony Ma) is one such entrepreneur. In 1998, he co-founded Tencent Inc, starting with the company's QQ instant messaging tool that became a huge hit in China. Under Ma's leadership, Tencent has moved into web portals, social networks, multi-player games and e-commerce, making the company today an Internet powerhouse and China's number one brand. Ma himself was hailed by Time magazine in 2014 as one of the world's most influential people. This book examines the rise of Ma and Tencent, known for their truly innovative thinking and approach to technology and business.
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