Posts Categorized: Innovation

Innovation is not a repeatable process

Can innovation be promoted through better processes? James Gardner [dead link] does not think so any more. “I have not been able to find any regular correlation between well adopted innovation processes and actual innovation outcomes, and I’ve been looking pretty hard. And here at Spigit, we’ve got hundreds of data sets to look through.” After a decade… Read more »

Chance favours the Connected Company

About 18 months ago I wrote in Embrace Chaos, that I think the outer edge will be where almost all high value work gets done in organizations. Core activities will be increasingly automated or outsourced and these will be managed by very few internal staff. Change and complexity will be the norm in our work and… Read more »

On Trojan Mice

In Organizations don’t tweet, people do, Euan Semple talks about Trojan mice, an idea he got from Peter Fryer at These are small change initiatives, that do not require the coordinated effort of something like a Trojan horse: trojanmice, on the other hand, are small, well focused changes, which are introduced on an ongoing basis… Read more »

The revolution starts within

Do you work in an organization that is slow to adapt? Do you feel constrained by inept IT and HR policies? Are there deep impenetrable departmental silos within a non-collaborative culture? Is innovation and change painfully slow? If you answered yes to any of these, what can you really do from the inside? Cartoon by… Read more »

PKM and innovation

In the FastCoDesign article, How do you create a culture of innovation? the authors note four skills that most successful innovators exhibit: Questioning: Asking probing questions that impose or remove constraints. Example: What if we were legally prohibited from selling to our current customer? Networking: Interacting with people from different backgrounds who provide access to… Read more »

How organizations can thrive in the network era

I recently covered the BetaCodex Guide to Organizing for Complexity. A new special edition paper has just been released, Turn Your Company Outside-In. The initial premise is that traditional organizational design, and the ubiquitous org chart, is fundamentally flawed. The challenge of moving from a hierarchical to a network structure is a complete shift in… Read more »

Networked sharing

Why diversity is essential for innovation, and ultimately survival, is shown in this wide-ranging article on How Culture Drove Human Evolution: You start out with two genetically well-intermixed peoples. Tasmania’s actually connected to mainland Australia so it’s just a peninsula. Then about 10,000 years ago, the environment changes, it gets warmer and the Bass Strait… Read more »

An artistic mindset

My colleague Jane Hart writes that, “supporting social collaboration is underpinned not only by new technologies but by a new mindset“. Perpetual Beta is my attitude toward learning and work – I’ll never get to the final release and my learning will never stabilise. I’ve realized that clients and colleagues with a similar attitude are much… Read more »

Trust is an emergent property of effective networks

It seems that markets, our dominant form of economic transactions, are not really designed to optimize trust. As Charles Green states: The reason is simple: trust is not a market transaction, it’s a human transaction. People don’t work by supply and demand, they work by karmic reciprocity. In markets, if I trust you, I’m a sucker and you take… Read more »

The collaboration field needs to cooperate

Eugene Kim looks at a variety of disciplines in the collaboration space, using LinkedIn network analysis to see if and how they are related. The resulting map, and Kim’s explanations are most interesting for anyone doing work related to enterprise collaboration. According to Kim: The densest cluster is the organizational development cluster, which is left… Read more »