While not entirely true (some companies like Patterson made the transition and had limited success), this sentence I used in my recent Forum des 100 keynote and taken from Building Routes to Customers: Proven Strategies for Profitable Growth summarizes how, in the midst of major changes, markets and balances of power can switch dramatically in a very short time.
I used this statement to illustrate the dangers a country like Switzerland is facing at a time where the internet and other technologies are turning business upside down. A country both successful and conservative has a form of blindness, even a small but dangerous feeling of immunity.
While one feedback was that this is a “consultant’s statement” (I mostly agree), it really struck a chord as most of the interactions I had after the presentation was centered around these words. This certainly is a simplification (the founder of GM was building horse-carriages and is a notable exception), but it is also mostly true. Corporate innovators, if you are looking for a good strong statement to convince your bosses they should let you innovate and take risks, feel free to reuse!