Regardless of type, my 25 years working with companies large and small, and with all manner of industry groups shows consistently that winning firms are those that don’t get trapped into conventional wisdom.
At its core, disruption is an informational problem more than anything else. The answer to it isn’t trying to dig in to protect individual nodes, but to create a network that is at once more cohesive and expansive.
Many of us are aware that we live within an interconnected world, enabled by technology, yet how many of us realize the deep implications and enact the possibilities and opportunities this connectedness allows us?
Our organisations are idea-processing machines. This means that we need to think about how we get work done in new ways. There are some fascinating lessons in how to do this in the world's first organisation chart, from 1854!
For a long time I've wondered if we don't pay far too much attention to the obvious aspects of innovation - brainstorming, ideas, trends, etc - and pay far too little attention to the connective activities and culture that moves ideas through an...