Issue 101 - 01 | Leapfrogging to Breakthroughs

By Soren Kaplan
Published Jan. 16, 2013 11:00 a.m.
“Surprise is the enemy.

Or, is it?

Could we be overlooking—even resisting—one of the most essential catalysts of personal and business breakthroughs? Could we be ignoring the most fundamental tool that anyone can use to create disruptive innovation and change?

Here’s the fundamental problem. Game changers—whether products, services, or new business models—don’t necessarily result from big visions, carefully crafted strategies, and meticulous plans. Creating disruptive, game changing innovation requires leaders to live with uncertainty, embrace ambiguity, and respond to both good and bad surprises along the way.

We’ve been trained to resist the very thing that’s needed to leapfrog to the next level. We need to learn to live with—even embrace—what most of us view as the enemy.”

About Soren Kaplan | Soren is the Founder of the Leapfrogging Alliance. He helps innovative leaders disrupt mindsets and markets, and works with organizations including Disney, Kimberly-Clark, Colgate-Palmolive, Medtronic, Philips, PepsiCo, and numerous other global firms. Soren previously led the internal strategy and innovation group at Hewlett-Packard (HP) during the roaring 1990’s in Silicon Valley and was a co-founder of iCohere, one of the first web collaboration platforms for online learning and communities of practice. He is an Adjunct Professor within the Imagineering Academy at NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands. He can be reached through his website,

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