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Any business that has not yet been totally disrupted by the existence of the internet will be

The internet, arguably the greatest invention of all time, is just starting to shape our world. New ventures are dreamed up every day to take advantage of it’s power, and legacy businesses are being disrupted because of it; the business world has been reshaped and redrawn since the inception of the internet.

What does this disruption look like? Here are a couple of clues…

3 fundamental lessons about change that strategists must understand


“You must accept the things you cannot change, have the courage to change the things you can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” – Serenity Prayer

Like you, in my neck of the woods, I’ve observed that business leaders have a complete disregard for the forces of change in the world and much less in their industry. They understand their business very well, but not what is changing or will change their business.

And if they think they have an idea of what is changing, they adopt a “wait and see” approach and look at their competitors for direction.

Basically, their business acumen is non-existent. They base their strategy (if any) on luck and hope. And you know very well that luck and hope is not a strategy. They obviously think that because they’ve “been doing this for a long time” and it has worked for them thus far, that they somehow control their fate.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Three fundamental lessons about change are of paramount importance (from the book The Strategist):