Purposeful experimentation = innovative leaps

Wouldn’t it be marvelous if there was a computer simulation that would enable you to test out new, radical business moves. What if you could set it running and see what happens if you abolish set working hours, make all meetings optional, put a bunch of Rail developers in charge of HMRC, or have everyone in your company spend half their time doing whatever they want? The trouble is, the simulation would never be able to make a true prediction. There are too many variables, too much complexity, too many... Read The Rest →

Innovation killers

There are two types of company out there: companies who encourage their mavericks and companies who constrict them until they’re forced out (after months, often years, of long-drawn-out subpar productivity). There’s a scary tendency in many companies for the best people – those most likely to produce big leaps forward – to do their innovative stuff under the radar, keeping schtum about their latest super-cool project, in case the powers that be stick their ore in and squish it dead before it’s off the ground. Yes, this is ridiculous. Yes,... Read The Rest →

Culture of participation

The ironic thing about the culture of participation brought about by our newly networked society and universal(ish) toolset, is the fact it could edge many of us into a life of non-participation – i.e. non-participation in traditional systems. Whether we like it or not, there are certain traditional systems ‘successful’ people are somewhat forced to tolerate, in order to be ‘successful’. How many rich people do you know who truly don’t care about the small things that frame the world of business, entrepreneurship, social media etc? As Marc Lewis once... Read The Rest →

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