A Strategic Masterclass with Rita McGrath

Rita McGrath is a best-selling author, sought-after speaker, and longtime professor at Columbia Business School. As one of the world’s top experts on innovation and growth, Rita’s work is regularly published in the Harvard Business Review. She is consistently ranked among the Top 10 management thinkers in the world and was ranked #1 for strategy by Thinkers50.  Rita is the author of the best-selling ‘The End of Competitive Advantage’ and ‘Seeing Around Corners: How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen’.


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02:57 Reflecting on Rita’s business ‘failures’

08:48 On electioneering today

10:22 The power of quitting

18:33 Who are MBAs most suitable for?

20:27 Having an unofficial board of directors

24:17 Building a rich and diverse network

26:11 Inflection points

30:40 The four basic stages in the development of inflection points

34:49 Why is it so hard for executives to anticipate major shifts in the business or market?

41:48 The concept of ‘snow melting from the edges’

44:24 Engaging with people on the frontline

47:51 How to watch out for blind spots

50:40 How to design your ‘Strategy spine’

53:29 Is it better to promote certain people, or let them stay in their lane if they’re doing a great job?

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