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You always knew digital was going to change things, but you didn’t realize how close to home it would hit. In every industry, digital competitors are taking advantage of new platforms, tools, and relationships to undercut rivals, get closer to customers, and disrupt the usual ways of doing business. The only way to compete is to evolve.

James McQuivey of Forrester Research has been teaching people how to do this for more than a decade. He’s gone into the biggest companies, even in traditional industries like insurance and consumer packaged goods, and changed the way they think about innovation. Now he’s sharing his approach with you. McQuivey will show you how Dr. Hugh Rienhoff Jr. of FerroKin BioSciences disrupted the pharmaceutical industry, streamlining connections with doctors and regulators to bring molecules to market far faster - and then sold the company for $100 million. And how Charles Teague and his team of four people created Lose It!, a weight loss application that millions have adopted, achieving rapid success and undermining titans like Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig in the process.

Regardless of your background and industry, you can learn how to be a digital disruptor too. First, adopt the right mindset: take risks, invest as cheaply as possible, and build on existing platforms to find the fastest path to solving a customer’s problem. Second, seek the “adjacent possible” - the space just next to yours where new technology creates opportunity. That’s how Benjamin Rubin and Paolo DePetrillo of Zeo created a $100 sleep monitor that does much of what you’d get from a $3,000 sleep lab visit. Finally, disrupt yourself. Use these tools to make parts of your business obsolete before your competitors do. That’s what Tim FitzRandolph did at Disney, creating a game that shot to the top of the app store charts.

With the tools in this audiobook you can assess your readiness, learn the disruptive mind-set, and innovate rapidly, starting right within your own business.

©2013 James McQuivey (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Chapter 1 is enough

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Much much shorter. The message of the book can be articulated in one or two sentences. The rest is filler.

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interesting, although somewhat of a slow start

This audiobook gave me a much deeper understanding of how new technologies develop and disrupt the current patterns. The only downside is that the introduction is somewhat tedious and self-explanatory.

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Opening up the next possible

This audiobook helped explain what I was experiencing, giving words to confusing and nameless experiences that I now see as opportunities. Digital disruption doesn't feel so scary now. It is kind of exciting. Thank you.

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Insights on Distuption

Great insights from Forrester analyst provides thought-provoking ideas to incorporate into your brand, business and personal life. Solid narration and technical production.

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Quality book and well worth the time

Despite being a few years old, still relevant as regards to the world of digital distribution. Note Zeo a company used as one of the examples is no more, but been replaced by other gadgets like beddit, Fitbit, withings etc. I found the speaker slow, but I solved that by playing at 1.25 speed. Overall sold listen and would recommend.

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Really good book

The book is an explanation of the Revolution that is happening in business around the world. It is focused on big, old non digital companies. But will be useful for any enterprneueur or executive.

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  • 07-21-15

Super interesting

Thought provoking and a really good insight into what is happening today. I'm going to re listen.