Wired has a wonderful interview with Clayton Christensen, author of the tech ninja's bible, Innovator's Dilemma. Innovation is the name of the game in Silicon Valley and if you want to understand the rules of the game this article is a quick and clear way of learning. Everything is simply explained with compelling examples by the man himself.
Just as every empire has fallen, every organization is open to disruption. It's the human condition to become comfortable and discount potential dangers. It takes a great deal of mindfulness to outwit and outlast the human condition. If you want to be the disruptor and avoid being the disruptee, this is good stuff.
He also talks about his new book, The Capitalist's Dilemma, which addresses this puzzle: if corporations are doing so well why are individuals doing so bad?
If someone can help you see a deep meaningful pattern in life then they haven't brought you a fish, they've taught you how to fish. That's what Christensen does. Here's a gloss of his world view changing points: