Winning the Right Game: How to Disrupt, Defend, and Deliver in a Changing World

  • 7h 38m 27s
  • Ron Adner
  • Gildan Media
  • 2021

The basis of competition is changing. Rivalry is shifting from well-defined industries to broader ecosystems: automobiles to mobility platforms; banking to fintech; television broadcasting to video streaming. Your competitors are coming from new directions and pursuing different goals from those of your familiar rivals. In this world, succeeding with the old rules can mean losing the new game. Winning the Right Game introduces the concepts, tools, and frameworks necessary to confront the threat of ecosystem disruption and to develop the strategies that will let your organization play ecosystem offense.

To succeed in this world, you need to change your perspective on competition, growth, and leadership. Strategy expert Ron Adner offers a new way of thinking, illustrating breakthrough ideas with compelling cases. How did a strategy of ecosystem defense save Wayfair and Spotify from being crushed by Amazon and Apple? How did Oprah Winfrey redraw industry boundaries to transition from television host to multimedia mogul? How did a shift to an alignment mindset enable Microsoft's cloud-based revival? Each was rooted in a new approach to competitors, partners, and timing that you can apply to your own organization. For today's leaders the difference between success and failure is no longer simply winning, but rather being sure that you are winning the right game.

About the Author

Ron Adner, the author of The Wide Lens: What Successful Innovators See that Others Miss, is an award-winning professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He is a speaker and advisor to companies around the world and founder of the Strategy Insight Group.

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction Ecosystem Disruption: How to Compete When Boundaries Collapse
  • Chapter 1 - Winning the Wrong Game Means Losing
  • Chapter 2 - Ecosystem Defense Is Collective
  • Chapter 3 - Ecosystem Offense: From Adding Competition to Changing Competition
  • Chapter 4 - Timing Ecosystem Disruption: Too Early Can Be Worse Than Too Late
  • Chapter 5 - The Ego-System Trap
  • Chapter 6 - Mindsets Matter: Establishing Leadership Is Different from Exercising Leadership
  • Chapter 7 - Strategic Clarity Is Collective
  • Afterword: Confronting Ecosystem Disruption beyond the Private Sector


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