Decoding The Thirty-Six Stratagems with Kaihan Krippendorff

“Strategic Mastery Unveiled: Decoding The Thirty-Six Stratagems with Prof. Kaihan Krippendorff”

Description: Explore the fascinating world of strategic thinking with Professor Kaihan Krippendorff, a renowned Columbia Business School expert and OutThinker Network’s founder. In this enlightening 4-part podcast series, Prof. Krippendorff delves into the timeless wisdom of The Thirty-Six Stratagems, an ancient Chinese text offering a toolkit for creative thinking in various contexts.

Uncover the strategic brilliance of historical military geniuses like Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, and Napoleon Bonaparte, who achieved victories through strength and creativity. Prof. Krippendorff shares how The Thirty-Six Stratagems, a compilation of metaphors, provides a comprehensive vocabulary of competition, unveiling unexpected plans for success in negotiations, mergers, and more since 2003.

In Part 1, explore the origin story of The Thirty-Six Stratagems and gain insights into the first four laws, including the powerful concept of Yin Yang Polarity. Discover how embracing balance and complexity can give your business a competitive edge.

Part 2 delves into Wu Wei, or “going with the flow,” as Prof. Krippendorff shares real-world applications of the first fourteen stratagems. Learn to catch your competitors off-guard, stage small attacks for strategic insights, and seize opportunities in moments of apparent weakness.

Part 3 introduces Wu Chang, emphasizing the importance of continuous change. Understand the difference between Eastern and Western views of change and explore how companies like Qualcomm, Whole Foods, and Walmart make decisions that lead to initial losses but set the stage for future victories.

Finally, in Part 4, delve into Shang Bing Wu Bing, the art of indirect action. Prof. Krippendorff unravels the mysteries behind the last seven stratagems, revealing how companies like Legend (Lenovo), Logitech, and others have strategically navigated alliances, created facades, and leveraged indirect actions for success.

Join us on this strategic journey as we unlock the secrets of The Thirty-Six Stratagems and apply ancient wisdom to modern business challenges. Don’t miss this enlightening series that promises to reshape your approach to strategy and innovation. Subscribe now for a masterclass in strategic thinking!

Find Kaihan here:

Conquering Uncertainty _ Thedore Modis

Conquering Uncertainty – Theodore Modis Part 4


Welcome to the finale of the Theodore Modis podcast series. In this insightful episode titled “Conquering Uncertainty: Understanding Corporate Cycles and Positioning Your Company to Survive the Changing Environment,” our guest, the author of “Conquering Uncertainty: Understanding Corporate Cycles and Positioning Your Company to Survive the Changing Environment,” delves into the science of anticipating turning points in business with precision.

The discussion explores the natural pattern of substitutions in markets, emphasizing the importance of understanding S-shaped patterns in transitions between products, services, and technologies. The podcast highlights the significance of recognizing low-growth periods during major business transitions and the pitfalls of wishful thinking in minimizing these phases.

Drawing parallels to the natural seasons, the podcast breaks down the business cycle into Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall/Autumn. Each season is characterized by unique challenges and opportunities, offering valuable insights for executives navigating their companies through various stages. The metaphor is extended to the BCG Matrix, providing a fresh perspective on growth dynamics.

Listeners are treated to a detailed exploration of each season, from the survival-focused Winter to the strategic excellence of Summer, and the introspective, transformative aspects of Fall/Autumn. The episode discusses the author’s new BCG Matrix version, aligning it with the metaphor of seasons to provide a comprehensive understanding of business evolution over time.

The podcast concludes with a thought-provoking discussion on the right strategies for different seasons, including divestment and acquisition strategies during periods of chaos and abundance. The guest shares insights on DEC’s management decisions during challenging times, emphasizing the need for adaptability and transformation in the face of economic downturns.

Join us in this engaging episode as we unravel the mysteries of corporate cycles and gain valuable insights from the author of “Conquering Uncertainty: Understanding Corporate Cycles and Positioning Your Company to Survive the Changing Environment.” Thank you for tuning in!

00:00:00.000 Introduction and Quote on Conquering Uncertainty
00:02:33.238 Just-in-Time Action and its Evolution
00:04:43.489 Using Seasons as an Analogy for Segmenting the Life Cycle
00:07:04.093 Selection Process and Hiring the Right People for Winter
00:09:02.723 Graphical Illustration of Horses and Cars Substitution
00:11:32.271 Splitting of Arthur Anderson and the Seasons of an Organization
00:14:34.757 The Need for Differentiation to Influence S-Curve Evolution
00:18:53.655 The Concept of Seasons in the Business Environment
00:21:08.212 Exploring the Characteristics of Winter in an Organization
00:22:21.956 The Power of Redesign and Fundamental Change
00:24:18.095 Transitioning from Winter to Spring: Nursing and Continuous Improvement
00:27:19.426 Drifting from Spring to Summer: Specialists to Bureaucrats
00:34:03.063 Understanding the different aspects of summer in business growth.
00:45:07.259 The Challenge of Company Reorganization

Find Theodore here:

An S-Shaped Adventure Part 3 with Theodore Modis

In today’s episode, we continue our exploration of the groundbreaking work of Theodore Modis as we delve into “An S-Shaped Adventure Part 3.”

In this installment, we tackle the concept of “Just-In-Time Replacement,” a strategy near and dear to marketers’ hearts. Discover the delicate balance between launching new products too closely together, potentially frustrating customers, and delaying replacements, risking a loss of market share to competitors. We explore the critical question: When is the optimal moment to introduce change in an ongoing natural growth process?

We break down the science behind the “cascading S-curves,” revealing the quantitative rule for achieving just-in-time product replacement. Explore how these nested S-curves influence industries, product families, and basic technologies, with each level sharing a common life cycle pattern but differing in duration.

Delve into various scenarios, including the lifecycles of products, product families, basic technologies, and the overarching economy. Understand the power of estimating overall saturation from life-cycle trends, providing insights into the growth potential of various entities within the market.

The episode explores the author’s experiences in analyzing S-curves in different industries, from aircraft to DEC, offering valuable insights into the dynamics of market evolution.

We unravel the intriguing Volterra-Lotka equation, which mathematically represents predator-prey interactions and their effects on the dynamics of ecosystems. We discuss how this equation relates to the business world and the actions companies can take to alter their competitive landscape.

Explore various types of interactions between species and industries, from pure competition to predator-prey relationships, and understand how these dynamics play out in the business world.

The episode takes a deep dive into the concept of competition management and how the nature of competition can be transformed over time. Discover fascinating real-world examples of shifts in competitive roles and how they impact industries and products.

Find Theodore here:

00:00:00.000 Ponderings and Recap: S-Curves and Rabbit Metaphor
00:02:56.574 Genetic Modification of Business and Advertising Strategies
00:05:46.855 Optimum Time to Launch a Replacement Product and Harmonic Oscillator
00:10:34.227 Advice for Innovators Joining a Company
00:12:28.591 Understanding Nested S Curves and Product Life Cycles
00:21:40.995 Strategy department’s role in analyzing and giving orders
00:23:31.432 Different types of relationships in business dynamics explained
00:32:13.713 Exploring New Topics and Directions

An S-Shaped Adventure Part 2 with Theodore Modis

In today’s podcast, we’re delving deeper into the follow-up to the groundbreaking book, “Predictions: Society’s Telltale Signature Reveals the Past and Forecasts the Future.” This sequel takes us on an exciting journey, offering a fresh perspective on understanding society and ourselves by employing scientific principles to forecast social phenomena. But that’s not all; we’re also tackling the daring task of revisiting the predictions made two decades ago and comparing them to real-world data—a step forecasters typically shy away from. And to sweeten the deal, this book introduces many new, relevant topics that have emerged recently. Stay tuned for an enlightening exploration of these intriguing insights!

Find Theodore here:

00:00:00.355 Introduction and Recap of Part One
00:02:00.301 Growth Potential in China and India
00:10:23.649 Synthetic Rubber: Exceptional Growth During the War
00:12:32.440 Anticipating New Product Introductions and Disease Trajectories
00:15:45.440 Cardiovascular vs. Cancer: Competing Diseases
00:17:49.360 Competing Travel Means: Cars, Trains, and Planes
00:20:01.429 Competition for Energy: Fuel and Share Growth
00:22:13.924 The Fuel Conundrum: Fluctuations and Fracking
00:25:08.739 The Succession of S-curves in Energy Consumption
00:27:17.544 Subjective vs Concrete Variables in Econometrics
00:28:49.043 The Breakdown of Data Agreement in Electricity Production

An S-Shaped Adventure 1 with Theodore Modis

Today’s book is a stand-alone sequel to “Predictions: Society’s Telltale Signature Reveals the Past and Forecasts the Future”, which provided a new way of understanding society and ourselves by applying scientific concepts to predicting social phenomena. In addition to taking up the challenge of confronting the predictions made 20 years ago with actual data-something, forecasters generally refrain from doing so; the book includes many new topics that became relevant more recently. 

Positive SSL