Corporate Innovation • Facilitator • Moderator
John has 40 years’ experience in Silicon Valley as a management consultant, entrepreneur, author, and speaker. He has helped companies around the world to improve their performance by crafting creative business strategies that more effectively harness new generations of information technology and shape broader markets and industries. He also designs and implements change management strategies to help companies develop capabilities to drive more rapid performance improvement.
John is the founder and has spent 13 years as the chairman of the Silicon Valley-based Deloitte Center for the Edge, conducting original research on emerging business opportunities that are not yet on the CEO’s management agenda but should be.
John has also spent more than a decade on the Board of Trustees at the Santa Fe Institute, an organization that conducts leading edge research on complex adaptive systems.
Before joining Deloitte, John was an independent consultant. Prior to that, he held significant positions at leading consulting firms and companies. From 1984 to 2000, he was a principal at McKinsey & Co., where he was a leader of the Strategy Practice and helped to open their Silicon Valley office. In addition, he founded and led McKinsey’s Electronic Commerce Practice from 1993 to 2000. John has also served as senior vice president of strategy at Atari, Inc., and earlier in his career, worked at Boston Consulting Group. He is the founder of two Silicon Valley startups.
John is the author of The Power of Pull, published by Basic Books, making the case that we are struggling as individuals and institutions to adapt to a long-term shift in our business environment that changes the nature of competition. He is also the author of a series of earlier best-selling business books, Net Gain, published in 1997, Net Worth, Out of the Box and The Only Sustainable Edge. He is widely published and quoted in major business publications like The Economist, Fortune, Forbes, Business Week, Financial Times and Wall Street Journal as well as general media like the New York Times, NBC and BBC. He has won two awards from Harvard Business Review for best articles in that publication and has been recognized as an industry thought leader by a variety of publications and institutions, including the World Economic Forum and Business Week.
This session will help parse the technologies into solid takeaways. Exercise centered and discussion based. Builds off of the Taking it Home discussions earlier in the week.
This talk describes the forces that are creating mounting performance pressure on the global business landscape and the imperative that it creates for different approaches to the business. To effectively respond to these pressures, institutions will need to do three things: redefine strategy, re-frame innovation and rethink transformation. In redefining strategy, companies will need to abandon the five year plan and adopt a zoom-out, zoom in approach that focuses on two very different time horizons in parallel: 10 – 20 years and 6 – 12 months. They will also need to re-frame the challenge of innovation, moving beyond product and process innovation to a higher level of innovation that re-imagines the rationale for large institutions. If they take that challenge on, they will also have to address the challenge of large-scale organizational transformation and adopt a very different approach from the conventional top down, big bang approaches to transformation. The most promising approach to transformation is to scale an edge until it becomes the new core of the institution.