By Bruce Waltuck, Director, I-Open
Everyone loves a great story, and the story cited by Malcolm Gladwell, of Mr. McLean, is a fine example of persistence and reframing.
But the problem is in the suggestion (apparently Mr. Gladwell's), that we generalize a theory of disruptor success from this one (or even a book's load) of cherry-picked stories.
Wikipedia-Malcom Purcell McLean (born “Malcolm”; but later in life he changed his given name to its historic traditional Scottish spelling), born in 1913 in Maxton, North Carolina, was an American transport entrepreneur who was central to the widespread adoption of the shipping container which revolutionized transport and international trade in the second half of the twentieth century.
Examples include, In Search of Excellence, the international bestselling book written by Tom Peters and Robert H. Waterman, Jr. and Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't, a management book by James C. Collins.
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Author, Bruce Waltuck, M.A., Complexity, Chaos, and Creativity
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