Posts Categorized: Innovation

networks are the new companies

Nilofer Merchant wrote in The New How that, “Permission to innovate without asking happens when the strategy is co-owned.” This is a necessity in an economy where the average company lifespan continues to decrease. The company no longer offers the stability it once did as innovation, and resulting business disruption, comes from all corners. Economic… Read more »

Getting the suds out of the bathtub

What did the industrial era look like, and how did it differ from the network era? The industrial era epitomized rational, centralized control, replacing local, customized ways of doing things. The network era opens communications so wide that control is no longer possible. For instance, in the network era, leadership is about giving up control…. Read more »

Building a talent triangle

Richard Gayle discusses an observation made by Kurt Vonnegut on the three types of specialists it takes to start a revolution, none of whom can succeed in isolation. First type – a true genius: “a person capable of having seemingly good ideas not in general circulation.” By themselves they are just lunatics. Second type –… Read more »

The new enclosure movement

ENCLOSURE: In English social and economic history, enclosure or inclosure is the process which ends traditional rights such as mowing meadows for hay, or grazing livestock on common land formerly held in the open field system. Once enclosed, these uses of the land become restricted to the owner, and it ceases to be land for… Read more »

The new work

All work today can be reduced to just four basic types of jobs, according to Lou Adler. His company identified four prototypical jobs after developing thousands of job descriptions over the years. Everything starts with an idea. This is the first of the four jobs – the Thinkers. Builders convert these ideas into reality. This… Read more »

The Nature of the Future – Review

What will the future look like? Here are some glimpses. Genomera: Crowdsourcing clinical trials. BioCurious: Hackerspace for biotech. Lending Club: “We replace the high cost and complexity of bank lending.” ScholarMatch: Connect under-resourced students with resources, schools, and donors to make college possible. Foresight Engine: How would you reinvent the process of medical discovery? Open… Read more »

Play, explore, converse

Was the dominance of morality usurped by responsibility at the beginning of the industrial era? (Nine Shift: Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3). In the Industrial Age of the 20th century, you didn’t have to be of good moral character to work in the factory. But you did have to be responsible.  And… Read more »

Making sense of complexity and innovation

Friday’s Finds: Gall’s Law: A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over with a working simple system. – John Gall @euan : “My discomfort… Read more »

Competitive knowledge

Knowledge itself is not a great business advantage, and if it were, academic institutions would be running circles around the Fortune 100. It’s what gets done with the knowledge that matters. But there still needs to be a good flow of information and ideas that get tested out in the specific context of the organization,… Read more »