"Why do most growth companies stop growing? What can their leaders do to overcome the barriers to growth? The Curve Ahead tackles these questions, focusing in on "gazelles," defined as high-growth companies that grow revenue 20 percent annually. Their challenge is to transition from entrepreneurial focus to a repeatable process for innovation and sustained growth--and the stakes are high. The Curve Ahead utilizes the power of storytelling to teach company leaders how to sustain long term growth. Dave Power explores examples of "the curve" in many relevant companies including LoJack, which soared to success only to be brought down by competitors such as OnStar; MySpace, which was quickly overshadowed by the success of similar social networking sites; and Groupon, which suffered from "customer fatigue" and a business model that was too easy for competitors to emulate. This book will help thousands of mid-sized companies overcome the growth hump by providing the tools necessary to not only succeed but thrive in the future"-- Provided by publisher. "Why do most growth companies stop growing? These fast-growing businesses are the engines of economic growth and wealth creation, but most fall behind the curve before reaching their potential. Executives are surprised when their business models mature sooner than expected, victims of the familiar S-Curve. Tragically, once-promising companies are often sold by investors too ready to throw in the towel. So what can leaders do to keep moving forward? To sustain growth, companies need to discover their next S-Curve. But few have a repeatable process for uncovering new opportunities before their core business stalls. The Curve Ahead offers a practical approach to sustaining long-term growth. It describes how growth companies can build innovation into the rhythm of their business operations and culture using design thinking, prototyping, business model design and other Innovation Power Tools. The Curve Ahead utilizes the power of storytelling to illustrate its messages. Power describes how LoJack and Groupon fell behind the curve, while Amazon, Jawbone, Darn Tough Socks and many others have fueled growth with a series of new S-Curves. This book will help thousands of mid-sized companies stay ahead of the curve and discover the path to unlimited revenue growth"-- Provided by publisher.