Mistakes & Security

Here are some of the insights and observations that were shared via Twitter this past week.

“1 tip for managing creative people: don’t.” @flowchainsensei

“The amount of failure that can be tolerated is directly proportional to the amount of innovation needed.”~ Tim Campos” – via Kevin Jones

“Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. ~ Helen Keller” – via @simpletonbill & @johnsonwhitney

“With enough ‘security,’ corporate or national, you can utterly kill freedom, production capacity, and morale.” @PatrickWelsh

Being an Outsider – by @euan

In business it is easy to get locked into things being the way they are. To be too much in the flow. To become too mainstream and feel stuck. It is easy to think that things are inevitable and that change is too difficult to even consider.

Blogging inside a business has the potential to alter this.

Forbes: Learning from Brilliant Mistakes – via @CharlesJennings

  • Mistakes should be planned
  • Mistakes must be mined
  • Mistake-making must be promoted

“We need to start thinking about the social context of knowledge development as much as, if not more than, individual competence.” – by @snowded

The same applies for an organisation as for an individual. Its not enough to run experimental programmes, the key word in deliberative practice is deliberative. There are some key additional requirements:

  • Experiments need to be constructed to run in parallel
  • All experiments must be designed as safe-to-fail
  • Amplification and dampening strategies need to be in place before the experiments are run
  • Managers need to be targeted on the basis that at least half of their experiments should fail
  • Research and monitoring needs to provide real time feedback

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