Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend?
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...Innovation Will Have To Be 'Heart And Mind,' Or Nothing At All" ~ Dr Kobus Neethling

...Innovation Will Have To Be 'Heart And Mind,' Or Nothing At All" ~ Dr Kobus Neethling | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? |

In [Dr. Neethling's]  work in more than 30 countries and which spans two decades, he has witnessed an overbearing close-minded perspective on innovation---as if innovation is predominantly a discipline of ‘things’.
He goes on to say:
The shaping of a better planet for all of us is and will become even more complicated and unpredictable and therefore we will need a new kind of wisdom, courage and purpose-driven passion to innovate for the benefit of all.  

What's needed?  "Respect for and inclusion of ideas from every group affected by the innovation."




....the groundbreaking innovations of the 20th century...served only the needs of a few. Naturally we have to continue our pursuit of cutting edge technology, ideas and systems. but the context in which these innovations take place, is and remains the fundamental issue.   


Of all the innovations ....the one that comes the closest to heart and mind innovation and the one that considered the context of the dramatic changes that the innovation would bring with immense sensitivity is the creation of a new South Africa.


In a television series that I wrote called ‘Creating a miracle’ I highlighted the critical factors which led to this unique societal innovation.


  • A rare integration of spiritual, creative and pragmatic leadership
  • A bringing together of opposite visions into a single shared vision
  • The creation of new symbols, values, attitudes, principles, customs and practices (and the letting go of the traditions, norms and conventions which would obstruct or frustrate the creation of a free and democratic society)
  • Respect for and inclusion of ideas from every group affected by the innovation
  • An extraordinary insight into the essence of the innovation that was required


As my mentor Paul Torrance said many times: “Creative people can perform miracles but they are always in danger of crucifixion”

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Yes, it is time to, as Dr. Neethling says, elaborate on Aristotle: “Innovating the mind without innovating the heart is no innovation at all,” Lessons from a fully co-created innovation in South Africa has insights for us all.  

I became aware of Dr. Neethling's work through the whole brain assessment, the NBI.  I'm glad to see how much more there is to benefit us all.  ~  Deb

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How Leaders Lose Their Luck, the Paradox of the Journey to the Top

How Leaders Lose Their Luck, the Paradox of the Journey to the Top | Innovation & Institutions, Will it Blend? |

While researching his forthcoming book — Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck — co-author Anthony Tjan made a fascinating discovery: a surprising number of company founders and business-builders attribute much of their success to luck.


There are ways we create our own luck, as listed on the innovation leadership companion post on this curation stream.  Becoming disconnected, as Anthony describes, on the way to the top, is one way for leaders to lose their luck.


Almost 25% of those we surveyed came out as "luck-dominant" on the Entrepreneurial Aptitude Test we devised; many more gave luck at least partial credit.

...Here's the paradox:  Once they have made it to the top — after they've reached high levels of entrepreneurial or corporate success — leaders often become disconnected from the crucial lucky qualities and relationships that helped get them there in the first place. By definition, the top is less of a journey and more of an arrival point. A newfound reputation is difficult to risk.

We've identified seven attributes, and they are among the most difficult ones for leaders to master and maintain. They are: humility, intellectual curiosity, optimism, vulnerability, authenticity, generosity, and openness.

The post defines these and begs the question:

How do leaders reconnect to the reality, attitude, and relationships that can sustain and take their company's excellence to a new place?

Author:  Anthony Tjan is CEO, Managing Partner and Founder of the venture capital firm Cue Ball and vice chairman of the advisory firm Parthenon.

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