The Disruptors' Feast: How to avoid being devoured in today's rapidly changing global economy

The Disruptors' Feast: How to avoid being devoured in today's rapidly changing global economy

by Frits van Paasschen


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The Disruptors' Feast: How to avoid being devoured in today's rapidly changing global economy by Frits van Paasschen

Virtually everything about the way people live and do business is changing faster than ever before. Digital technology, global development, urbanization, and business disruption represent both a major opportunity and a threat in the global economy. Although individuals and organizations are aware that the world is changing exponentially, most are ill-equipped to face this level of disruption and volatility. The Disruptors’ Feast is a unique look into the trends that are shaping the world of the future, and a guide on how to avoid being eaten alive.

Frits van Paasschen is a seasoned global executive whose work has brought him to more than 100 countries. In The Disruptors’ Feast, van Paasschen takes readers on a literary journey to far-flung places around the globe to uncover the forces that are disrupting the status quo and driving change. His travel experiences illustrate how the stage is being set for even greater disruption, and what individuals and organizations can do to prepare for change and stay relevant in a tumultuous environment.

This book isn’t about the end of an era, but the end of eras. People have everything to gain or lose in how they deal with what is coming, regardless of their location, industry, profession, or aspirations. van Paasschen’s unique insight offers a fresh perspective that is dearly needed in business today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692798003
Publisher: The Disruptors' Feast
Publication date: 01/03/2017
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 672,123
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Frits van Paasschen is a seasoned global executive and the author of The Disruptors' Feast, an Amazon best-seller. His thirty years of experience inside global companies affords him a unique perspective on the trends that are reshaping the global economy. Frits shares his deep understanding of the forces of disruption in order to help businesses thrive in times of accelerating change.

Frits spent more than a decade as a Fortune 500 CEO, first at The Coors Brewing Company and then at Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide. He also held several management positions at Nike, ultimately becoming Nike's President of Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Prior to joining Nike, he worked in finance in Disney's Consumer Products Division. His career began at The Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Company, where he primarily served retail and consumer clients.

Frits is a frequent keynote speaker and advisor with a focus on disruption and strategy. He is a Senior Advisor at the private equity firm TPG Capital. He also serves on the Board of Directors for two public companies, Williams-Sonoma and Royal DSM, as well as two private companies, Apollo Hotels and Convene. He is an investor and advisor for citizenM Hotels. He has also been a Non-Executive Director at Barclays, Jones Apparel, and Oakley. Frits has also served on numerous other boards: The European-American Industrial Council (as Chairman), The U.S.-India and U.S.-China business councils, The Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Authority, and The Center for Environmental Leadership in Business at Conservation International.

Frits holds a BA in Economics and Biology from Amherst College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. At Harvard, he was a Teaching Fellow in Economics. Originally from the Netherlands, Frits holds dual U.S. and Dutch citizenship. A passionate traveler, he speaks five languages and has visited 115 countries. In his free time, he enjoys endurance sports, including marathons and triathlons. He has been married since 1990 and has three children.

Table of Contents

1 - The Great Acceleration

2 - Defining Reality

3 - Digital Technology: The Mother of all Trend Lines

4 - The Disruptors’ Feast

5 - Technology, Brands, and the Era of Personalization

6 - Witnessing the Global Growth Trend Line

7 - Seizing the Global Growth Opportunity

8 - The Great Migration: Urbanization as a Trend Line

9 - Winners and Losers in the Great Acceleration

10 - Volatility in a Connected World

11 - Climate and Human Well-Being

12 - Barriers to Change

13 - Becoming Agile

14 - Giving Hope

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