Uncertainty has always been a challenge to business, but never before has it had the intensity and potential to change industries and destroy companies as it does today. Business leaders can be on the defensive, or they can be on offense, prepared to lead decisively. The ability to deal with uncertainty is perhaps the paramount skill leaders must have to be successful in this era. Without it they risk becoming personally obsolete and driving their companies off a cliff.
In The Attacker’s Advantage, renowned business expert and bestselling author Ram Charan shows what skills are needed to be able to spot the disruption that is coming, and what actions are necessary to take advantage of these changes. While many leaders know how to cope with operational uncertainty—when, for example, revenue fluctuates—the same cannot be said for dealing with structural uncertainty that can alter the money-making patterns of a company, industry or entire economic sector. Charan demonstrates the huge upside offered by structural uncertainty and provides the concepts and tools—such as being able to spot the catalysts of disruption, building organizational preparedness, developing a financial understanding of the consequences—to take advantage of forces that are creating new customer needs, market segments and ways to make money.
Uncertainty is now ubiquitous. The sources of structural change are varied and fast moving, and their convergence unpredictable. Digitization, algorithms, and the integration of technologies through sophisticated software and high powered hardware have already changed industries virtually overnight, but much more is to come. With his unparalleled ability to cut through complexity and provide workable solutions, Ram Charan provides readers of The Attacker’s Advantage with the ability to anticipate and deal with the biggest threats facing their business.