Why the greatest enemy of creative success is the attempt to fortify against failure.
"Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes
Katherine Stevens's insight:
I like the following three quotes from the article: "“Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before,” Neil Gaiman urged in his commencement-address-turned-manifesto-for-the-creative life."
We need to think about failure differently. ... Mistakes aren’t a necessary evil. They aren’t evil at all. They are an inevitable consequence of doing something new (and, as such, should be seen as valuable; without them, we’d have no originality)." ~ Ed Catmull
"If you aren’t experiencing failure, then you are making a far worse mistake: You are being driven by the desire to avoid it. And, for leaders especially, this strategy — trying to avoid failure by out-thinking it — dooms you to fail." ~ Ed Catmull
Marc Binkley's list of top 25 favorite business articles, which inclues articles on "innovation, leadership, marketing, sales, branding, culture." You may recognize some classics, including "1,000 True Fans" and "Bowling Alone" and "The Long Tail."
Intrapreneur = An entrepreneur in a large organization
"An intrapreneur is someone who has an entrepreneurial streak in his or her DNA, but chooses to align his or her talents with a large organization in place of creating his or her own."
"Smart organizations will seek out individuals who like to invent, innovate and want to be on the front lines of change. These individuals can work independently but even more important can work seamlessly as part of an integrated team structure and also effectively embrace and embody the culture of the intrapreneur’s host organization."
This article is by David Armano, executive VP, Global Innovation & Integration at Edelman, Forbes.
Creativity begins with a good story. Stories have a pattern and the person who understands the pattern has the ability to motivate people, lead them and foster their growth. To have a creative workplace you need to create the ...
Whenever I try to conjure up what innovation looks like, the same slideshow of images clicks across my mind: that photo of Einstein with his tongue sticking out, Edison with his light bulb, Steve Jobs onstage in his black turtleneck, introducing...
"At their core, all business models address this questions: how do we sustainably deliver value to our customers? In this instance, the sustainable part refers to your organisation – how can you deliver value so that you’re still around in the future?"
What will it take for a tablet to "unseat the ipad from its position as the leader of the tablet pack"?
Clayton Christensen in the "Innovator's Deilemma" argued "that most disruption happens from products that offer less feature or benefit than the existing expectation."
"To win in an established market, you don't want to do more of the same, you want to shift the rules entirely."
"Any innovation that overturns a dominant market position in hindsight will appear obvious, but in foresight will seem dramatically new and different. That's because the innovation doesn't extend the strengths and capabilities of the leader, but often plays judo against the leader, playing off of its strengths."
"...perhaps the biggest dilemma that businesses face when it comes to innovation is that the concept of 'innovation' itself must be constantly re-thought to remain relevant."
One of the most interesting tactics for doing this: "Hire a different type of employee. At frog, we hire people with a variety of backgrounds to manage a global innovation consultancy. Along with MBAs, engineers, and industrial designers, we've added former trapeze artists and performance-studies majors to our team, to help lead projects for Fortune 500 companies on technology solutions and business strategy. We've found that providing a variety of smart and experienced perspectives can often lead to, well, a spectrum of fresh ways of thinking and doing."
"[T]he brands that will have the greatest impact on all our lives are those that see themselves not as citadels that need defending but as causes that need joining. The most important, most effective, most impactful brands are those that have put petty competition behind them and embraced collaboration as an operating principle--it is their core DNA. These brands are clear about their ambitions and are not shy about seeking out others who share those ambitions.
Are there really five innovation personalities? "Last week Forbes released an Insights study that documented five innovation types ... Biggest problem for me? It overlooks one vitally important personality, the one you must have on board, the one for whom you would jettison all the other five.
I’m going to call this type: The “Reframer”, someone who has the capability to reframe a problem, reframe an explanation, reframe a theory or proof...
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