Inflection Point” (SIP) is a term coined by Andrew Grove, the former President and CEO
of INTEL Corp in his book “ONLY THE PARANOID SURVIVE”. Here’s how he defines
“Strategic inflection point is a
time in the life of a business when its fundamentals are about to change. That
change can mean an opportunity to rise to new heights. But it may just as
likely signal the beginning of the end.”
moment in the life of a business when all its previous values/ principles/ assumptions
are about to change. The change may be for the better or for the worse –
depending on how the company handles it. For example, a company like Nokia has
faced a number of SIPs in its lifetime which has resulted in its core businesses
change from paper products, bicycle and car tyres, footwear (including Wellington boots),
personal computers, communications cables, televisions, electricity production,
etc. to the present core business of Mobile Phones.
is the “Strategic Inflection Point” doing on my blog? While I was reading the
book, I felt that my present situation is also akin to a SIP.
I am in
the middle of a time which promises to change (almost) everything about my life
till now. My profession is in the process of undergoing a radical change. From
a code jockey I am in the process of becoming a (certified) manager. My thought
process could undergo a major change as a result of interacting with people from different backgrounds, experiences and professions. In short, the process of change is already on for me.
It is up
to me what I make of it.