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Promoting innovation by understanding people

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I selected this piece written by Jose Baldaia because  what he says here is so important because it is a mindset that companies must adopt if they want to thrive in business today.


Hi uses this quote from Marty Neumeier that really captures the essence of what he's saying.


“A company can’t will itself to be agile. Agility is an emergent property that appears when an organization has the right mindset, the right skills, and the ability to multiply those skills through collaboration. To count agility as a core competence, you have to embed it into the culture. You have to encourage an enterprise wide appetite for radical ideas. You have to keep the company in a constant state of inventiveness. It’s one thing to inject a company with inventiveness. It’s another thing to build a company on inventiveness.”


Here's an excerpt that caught my attention:


"Design thinking is, intrinsically, a prototyping process that feeds the deep understanding of what people want and enjoy (or not) about the way things are done, made, distributed, etc.


**That is, design thinking try to understand people as a whole when performing a specific activity, not just what they do, but how they feel and how it is that their needs connect to other situations in their life.


**Through design thinking, innovations do not come from incremental adjustments. They arise from the work of interdisciplinary teams of T shaped people, constantly encouraged to fail early to be able to respond to changing market conditions.


**It is essential to look beyond what is, and see what could be, using the imagination to generate entirely new solutions and identify what will drive the success of the solutions.


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Questions: The Bedrock of Change and Creativity

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This article by Polly LaBarre for Harvard Business Review is aimed at the Business Community but is really a lesson for everyone, no matter what their interest.


The gist is:


Don't enter a conversation with only answers.  The questions you ask could be the catalyst for your next or biggest leap forward. 


Questions value and empower those you are asking, and create conversation, as opposed to the boundaries which are set when people come into a conversation with only answers.


The big question referred to in the article was asked in 1999 by IBM Director Jane Harper


***In an era when every young, gifted programmer, engineer, or entrepreneur's first instinct was to write their own business plan or head to a fast-growing startup, she asked:


***"Why would really great people — the best technical and managerial talent in the world — want to come work at IBM?"


**This question spawned Extreme Blue in Cambridge, Mass., which has since grown into a thriving platform for innovation and talent acquisition.  That this type of talent would go to Big Blue, was previously unthinkable.


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Conscience is the Knowledge That Someone is Watching

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This was posted by Daniel Honen on Big Think


Very interesting series of videos on the discussion by Larry Summers of Big Think and the Nantucket Project a festival of ideas held on Nantucket, Massachusetts this month. The comments at the bottom are worth reading as well.


Intro:


The panel was stacked with financial heavyweights Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, Larry Summers, Former Treasury Secretary and President of Harvard University, Hedge Fund Manager Eddie Lampert, venture capitalist Stephen DeBerry and Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments. The panel was moderated by Tom Stewart, Chief Knowledge Officer at Booz and Company


****The question of short-termism was the subject of a lively panel at  Stewart, Chief Knowledge Officer at Booz and Company. The full panel can be viewed here.


The highlights in this post bellow follow an exchange between


****Larry Summers and Eric Schmidt, in response to Tom Stewart's question about


*****whether it is difficult for a CEO to embrace the long view if he has to live and die quarter-by-quarter.


****Schmidt immediately turned this question back to the panel and audience, by posing the rhetorical question,


****"How long is the future?"


Watch Eric Schmidt here:


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Generation Flux: The Pioneers Of The New Chaotic Frontier Of Business

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This timely and relevant article was written by Robert Safien a staff writer for Fast Company


"The future of business is pure chaos. Here’s how you can survive--and perhaps even thrive".


My commentary:


Reading this is unsettling, exciting, challenging and most of all, there are no concrete answers, no formula, no roadmap. Those people and/or organizations that are comfortable with ambiguity and chaos will survive.  Lots to digest, worth your time. If you don't have time to read the whole article, I've captured the key points and what you should pay attention to.


The author refers to Generation Flux who are the pioneers leading the way in this era of chaos.  People that fall into this category can be any age and from any industry.


The following quote from


At age 19, Pete Cashmore founded a tech blog in Scotland which grew into a monster site for social news.  Now 26 and CEO of that site, Mashable, he  sets the tone for the mindset of this group and what this article is all about with the following quote:


"I don't have any personal challenges about throwing away the past. If you're not changing, you're giving others a chance to catch up."


Mashable has more than 2 million Twitter followers.


Here's a synopsis:


Any business that ignores these transformations does so at its own peril. Despite recession, currency crises, and tremors of financial instability, the pace of disruption is roaring ahead.


**The frictionless spread of information and the expansion of personal, corporate, and global networks have plenty of room to run. And here's the conundrum:


**When business people search for the right forecast--the road map and model that will define the next era--no credible long-term picture emerges.


**There is one certainty, however. The next decade or two will be defined more by fluidity than by any new, settled paradigm


**if there is a pattern to all this, it is that there is no pattern. The most valuable insight is that we are, in a critical sense, in a time of chaos.


Takeaway:


To flourish requires a new kind of openness. More than 150 years ago, Charles Darwin foreshadowed this era in his description of natural selection: "It is not the strongest of the species that survives; nor the most intelligent that survives.


****"It is the one that is most adaptable to change." As we traverse this treacherous, exciting bridge to tomorrow, there is no clearer message than that.


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Karen Dietz's comment, January 9, 2012 10:05 PM
Great article Jan! Thanks for curating it. I very much enjoyed the read -- it's an accurate description of today and the future.
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Networked Society 'On the Brink' - Emerging Opportunities Enabled by Technology [Video]

On The Brink is a discussion the past, present and future of connectivity with a mix of people including David Rowan, chief editor of Wired UK; Caterina Fake, founder of Flickr; and Eric Wahlforss, the co-founder of Soundcloud.


**Each of the interviewees discusses the emerging opportunities being enabled by technology as we enter the Networked Society.


**Concepts such as borderless opportunities and creativity, new open business models, and today's 'dumb society' are brought up and discussed.


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janlgordon's comment, November 7, 2011 2:41 PM
Hi Oliver, Pretty amazing stuff right? It really gets one thinking about at all the possibilities, innovation and things that haven't even been created yet. Exciting times to say the least:-)
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Learning Change

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Engaging Emergence – Turning Upheaval into Opportunity


What does it take to face disruptions and invite others to join you to realize new possibilities? If you are seeking effective principles and practices for working with change and the unexpected, then you’ve come to the right place! With so many organizations, communities, and fields of endeavor facing unprecedented change, it helps to have some support for finding a promising pathway through change. Some notions to consider: Emergence – through which order arises from chaos as the existing order is disrupted, differences appear, and a new coherence coalesces. By engaging emergence, you can help yourself and your organization or community to successfully face disruption and emerge stronger than ever. Practices for engaging - Step up by taking responsibility for what you love as an act of service. Prepare to embrace mystery, choose possibility, and follow life-energy.


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