How many strategic plans look a little bit different from the year before? 99.9% do. When I say “a little bit different” I mean tighter strategies with incremental goals and objectives and more of the same activities as the year before. Yes, we’ve all seen this before. What’s ridiculous is that you may begin a strategy session thinking differently, but most everyone defaults to safe because “that’s not what the boss expects” when the time […]
There is a common misconception that all innovation is and should be disruptive; it isn’t. And while I dislike making distinctions between Big Innovation and Small Innovation, the truth is most of what is innovative is of the routine type that just optimizes the current business model. Disruption, on the other hand, is thrown around as if everyone is doing it but the truth is it’s rare.
In 1991, Linus Torvalds released the Linux kernel on the Internet and invited anyone who wanted to download, use and modify it. In an amazingly short amount of time, a community built up around Torvalds’ initial code and their contributions transformed it into an operating system that rivaled those of even corporate giants like Microsoft. Even now, it seems somewhat of an unlikely story that such a fledgling effort could make such a transformational impact. Yet […]
Every once in a while someone says or writes something that is worth sharing. His point is that everyone wants innovation without knowing what it means; which I agree with. Most of the stuff you read, listen and watch is mostly innovation theatre: just a bunch of fluffy activities that have no impact. People busy just acting the part but not really doing “what it takes”. For example, nowadays it seems that any company that […]
Many young people are either turning away from school entirely or choosing institutions that can offer practical, hands-on education. It is becoming a common practice in Europe among Universities of Applied Sciences, whilst in USA a school like Northeastern University has embedded experiential learning as a part of their study program. Any school that offers experiential learning is booming. Average US college student graduates the $28,950 worth of student debt without valuable working experience, therefore […]
It is well known that our physiology can affect our psychology. If our posture is more positive then our thinking is more positive. Researchers Slepian and Ambady report an experiment in the Journal of Experimental Psychology. They had some subjects move their arms in big fluid movements and other subjects moved their arms in short, precise movements. Then everyone took a creativity test. The people in the first group with the fluid movements scored 24% […]