Insurgence How Established Incumbents Can Operate Like Nimble Insurgents in Fast Changing and Volatile Markets
Insurgence is designed to help business leaders apply new methods to the most important
business problem they face in the world today: namely, how to overcome their incumbent mentality to
maintain relevance and discover new sources of growth. At the convergence of lean, business
model innovation, agile, and design thinking, insurgence is a methodology and
business philosophy that will help leaders in incumbent businesses rediscover how to operate like
small and nimble insurgents whilst maintaining many of their incumbent advantages.
Incumbent businesses, often having enjoyed a long period of relative historical market stability, are
increasingly unprepared for nimble insurgents coming on to the field of play and applying different
assumptions and business models at speed and scale. These incumbent businesses find that the
business models that fuelled their success are no longer robust to the change
surrounding their business, and they are becoming increasingly obsolete, weighed
down by a high degree of internal focus, inflexible internal controls, and an inability to
innovate. Meanwhile, nimble insurgents strike at the heart of these weaknesses by formulating
alternative core assumptions, building adaptive business models, and innovating in close
proximity to customers and market needs.
This book enables business leaders to characterise the difference between incumbents and
insurgents, develop new ways of thinking about how to compete in this age of
accelerating change, and provide a new framework for strategy and innovation that helps
leaders to discover the essence of insurgence for their businesses. It uses rich case
studies that illustrate both successful and unsuccessful efforts to help leaders move
from theory to action at speed and at scale.
Foreword, Prologue, Chapter 1: The Age of Insurgence, Chapter 2: Checkers and Chess, Chapter 3: Defining Insurgence, Chapter 4: Graduation Day, Chapter 5: The Insurgence Framework – The X-Axis, Chapter 6: The Insurgence Framework – The Y-Axis, Chapter 7: The Insurgence Framework – Capability Mapping, Chapter 8: The Insurgence Framework – Customer Frontier, Chapter 9: The Insurgence Framework – Trend Mapping, Chapter 10: Implications for Strategy Design , Chapter 11: Implications for Innovation, Chapter 12: Implications for Leadership, Chapter 13: Implications for Strategy Executions, Chapter 14: Eight Principles of Insurgence, Index