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Summary

Serial entrepreneurs David Kidder and Christina Wallace reveal their revolutionary playbook for igniting growth inside established companies.

Most established companies face a key survival challenge, says David Kidder, CEO of Bionic, lifelong entrepreneur, and angel investor in more than 30 start-ups: operational efficiency and outdated bureaucracy are at war with new growth. Legacy companies are skilled at growing big businesses into even bigger ones. But they are less adept at discovering new opportunities and turning them into big businesses, the way entrepreneurs and early-stage investors must. In New to Big, Kidder and Wallace reveal their proprietary blueprint for installing a permanent growth capability inside any company - the Growth Operating System. 

The Growth OS borrows the best tools, systems, and mind-sets from entrepreneurship and venture capital and adapts them for established organizations, leveraging these two distinct skills as a form of management for building in a future that is uncertain. By focusing on what consumers do rather than what they say, celebrating productive failure, embracing a portfolio approach, and learning from the outside in, Kidder and Wallace argue any company can go on offense and win the future. 

This isn't about a one-off innovation moonshot. It's about building a permanent ladder to the moon.

©2019 David Kidder and Christina Wallace (P)2019 Random House Audio

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"Once a big company makes the decision to grow, it has to learn how. New to Big presents a unique roadmap for big companies looking to spark powerful growth engines from within." (Clayton Christensen, professor of business administration, Harvard Business School and best-selling author of The Innovator’s Dilemma and How Will You Measure Your Life?)

“Big companies are normally where creativity goes to die. But David Kidder has spent his impressive career proving that it doesn’t have to be that way. This is the long-awaited playbook for figuring out how to turn your bureaucracy into an innovation machine. Whether you’re down in the trenches or up in the C-suite, it’s full of smart ideas that are immediately actionable and immensely useful.” (Adam Grant, best-selling author of Originals and Give and Take

 

"New to Big has been one of the biggest mindset shifts we’ve undertaken. Encouraging teams to fall in love with consumer problems while learning fast and encouraging leaders to think like venture capitalists has taken P&G back to its deeply entrepreneurial roots. A New to Big focus has created a culture of experimentation and speed. Combining this way of thinking with the strengths of a 181-year old company is transforming the way we innovate at P&G." (Kathy Fish, chief research, development, and innovation officer, Procter & Gamble)

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  • 24-09-19

Good for innovation managers in big companis

The importance of the commercial truth vs. old school planning, and how to get organized to change the culture.

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  • Dean
  • 03-06-22

Blinded by personal politics

This book is very light on specifics and real examples. It speaks in broad generalizations and assumes everything on the left, including all things BLM is pure goodness. It's gag worthy at times. Not to mention how oblivious the opening is to how elite their experience is. "I have breakfast every year with the head of GE. It was there my friend gave me carte blanche to build a startup within GE then sell it to her for millions. I'm so smart, be like me"

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-20

New gold ideas

It focus a lot into be an Entrepreneur, it has some interesting ideas than can be useful.