Posts Categorized: Innovation

Tacit Knowledge Not Included

It’s rather interesting to hear from the same company that 1) their situation is unique, and 2) they are looking for examples of best practices in their industry. If they are so darned unique, why aren’t they developing their own emergent practices? When working with large organizations I frequently hear that their main business strategy… Read more »

How to work in the creative economy

Gary Hamel says that we are moving from an Industrial to a Creative Economy, which requires more independent workers with initiative, creativity, and passion. What other changes will this creative economy drive? I see changes on several levels. Core ideas about valued work: from producing tangible goods to intangible services; from looking for best practices… Read more »

Solo change agents set you free

Here is what Domino’s Pizza learned about implementing personal knowledge management practices, after their recent pilot project: First, learners want some guidance about the changing boundaries of professional development. Traditional models of learning involve taking a chunk of time to step out of the workplace. PKM makes learning a real-time activity within the flow of… Read more »

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 »