Decision Sprint: The New Way to Innovate into the Unknown and Move from Strategy to Action

  • 8h 39m 34s
  • Atif Rafiq
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2023

A Wall Street Journal Bestseller

“Atif has been at the center of Internet and digital disruption for over 20 years, building on 15 years of experience in pure play tech companies such as Amazon, where he led large scale, fast growing digital businesses.”―CNBC

Fearlessly delve into the unknown with breakthrough methods to put your company on the path to innovation, creativity, and growth.

It’s no secret that steering a business has become dramatically more complex and uncertain in our modern era. Constant exploration of new territory by teams is the name of the game. Yet most companies are stuck with yesterday’s approach to problem solving. Problem solving needs to be reinvented to meet today’s challenges. The future of business depends on it.

Having reached the highest levels of the Fortune 500, digital disrupter Atif Rafiq has written Decision Sprint to pull the curtain back on the hidden management systems within your organization that impact how people think, collaborate, and make decisions.

Talent is vital to any company’s advancement, but it’s the collaboration and problem solving systems that separate industry leaders from the rest. Systems designed to embrace unknowns are the quickest, most enduring way to foster growth, continuous innovation, and results. Learn how teams begin with upstream work―the phase of a promising idea or initiative where the unknowns predominate―to problem solve anything, thus unlocking downstream actions from alignment to decision making to execution.

With Rafiq’s guidance, you’ll overtake your competitors by moving upstream, embracing workflows that convert unknowns to clear recommendations, alignment, and action. In addition, you’ll receive direct advice from the CEOs/presidents of H&R Block, Volvo, Peacock, Restaurant Brands, Orange Theory Fitness, among others―and learn from in-depth case studies such as Amazon’s disruption of publishing, the massive digital transformation of McDonald’s, the secret of launch of Apple Pay, Volvo’s push for sustainability, and more.

Don’t just be ready for the next frontier of business, be continuously ready for the unknowns with Decision Sprint.

About the Author

Atif Rafiq has blazed trails in Silicon Valley and the Fortune 500 for over 25 years. After rising through digital native companies like Amazon, Yahoo!, and AOL, Atif held C-suite roles at McDonald’s, Volvo, and MGM Resorts. Rafiq was the first Chief Digital Officer in the history of the Fortune 500, a pioneering role he held at McDonalds, and he rose to the president level in the Fortune 300.

While leading business units, teams, and growth for companies, Atif has built a large following as one of today’s top management thinkers. Over half a million people follow his ideas about management and leadership on LinkedIn, where he is a Top Voice, and his newsletter Re:wire has over 100,000 subscribers.

Atif is passionate about helping companies push boldly into the future. He accomplishes this through Ritual, a software app revolutionizing how teams innovate and problem-solve, and through his work as keynote speaker, Board member, and CEO advisor.

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 - The Hidden World of Upstream Work
  • Chapter 2 - Why We Need Decision Sprint
  • Chapter 3 - The Power of Moving Upstream
  • Chapter 4 - Exploration
  • Chapter 5 - Alignment
  • Chapter 6 - Decision-Making
  • Chapter 7 - Workflow
  • Chapter 8 - Tap Workflows to Express Culture
  • Chapter 9 - Hack Today’s System
  • Chapter 10 - Roles and Personas
  • Chapter 11 - Land and Expand
  • Chapter 12 - Digital Tools
  • Chapter 13 - AI as Mission Control
  • Chapter 14 - The Upstream CEO