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Outthink the Competition: How a New Generation of Strategists Sees Options Others Ignore

Outthink the Competition: How a New Generation of Strategists Sees Options Others Ignore

Kaihan Krippendorff

ISBN: 978-1-118-16385-6

Nov 2011

256 pages

$16.99

Description

A Fast Company blogger and former McKinsey consultant profiles the next generation business strategists: the "Outthinkers"

"Outthinkers" are entrepreneurs and corporate leaders with a new playbook. They see opportunities others ignore, challenge dogma others accept as truth, rally resources others cannot influence, and unleash new strategies that disrupt their markets. Outthink the Competition proves that business competition is undergoing a fundamental paradigm shift and that during such revolutions, outthinkers beat traditionalists.

Outthink the Competition presents stories of breakthrough companies like Apple, Google, Vistaprint, and Rosetta Stone whose stunning performances defy traditional explanation and will inspire readers to outthink the competition. Core concepts in the book include:

  • Discover the Eight Dimensions of Disruption
  • Learn to play by the Outthinker Playbook
  • Develop the Five Habits of the Outthinker
  • Implement the Outthinker Process

It's time to buck tradition in order to stay ahead. Outthink the competition and uncover opportunities hiding in plain sight.

Acknowledgments ix

PART 1 THE FOUNDATION 1

Chapter 1 Evolution through Revolution 3

Chapter 2 Today’s Business Revolution 14

PART 2 THE NEW OUTTHINKER PLAYBOOK 29

Chapter 3 Move Early to the Next Battleground 35

Chapter 4 Coordinate the Uncoordinated 43

Chapter 5 Force Two-Front Battles 54

Chapter 6 Be Good 64

Chapter 7 Create Something Out of Nothing 75

PART 3 THE FIVE HABITS OF OUTTHINKERS 85

Chapter 8 Mental Time Travel 87

Chapter 9 Attacking the Interconnected System 94

Chapter 10 Frame Shifting 100

Chapter 11 A Disruptive Mind-Set 106

Chapter 12 Shaping Perceptions 118

PART 4 APPLY THE OUTTHINKER PROCESS 127

Chapter 13 Step 1: Imagine 131

Chapter 14 Step 2: Dissect 137

Chapter 15 Step 3: Expand 144

Chapter 16 Step 4: Analyze 149

Chapter 17 Step 5: Sell 155

PART 5 REBUILDING THE ORGANIZATION FROM WITHIN 161

Chapter 18 Phase 1: Establish Multiple Points of Differentiation 163

Chapter 19 Phase 2: Create Playbook Asymmetry 173

Chapter 20 Phase 3: Construct an Outthinker Culture 181

Appendix A The Research 193

Appendix B The 36 Stratagems 197

Appendix C Tools 211

Notes 217

Index 225