Archive for: March, 2012

Innovation and Diversity

This is a guest post by Dr. Ralph Ohr. Dr. Ohr has extensive experience in product/innovation management for international technology-based companies. His particular interest is targeted at the intersection of organizational and human innovation capabilities. You can follow him on Twitter @Ralph_Ohr.

networks of innovation

A while ago, I came across the following tweet by Gary Hamel:

Tomorrow’s management systems will need to value diversity, dissent and divergence as highly as conformance, consensus and cohesion.

It reflects well the fact that businesses range in increasingly dynamic and complex environments, imposing accelerated and mostly unforeseeable change. The most promising way for organizations to face this unprecedented discontinuity is to develop an ability to adapt to changing conditions and emerging opportunities: Adaptability.

Innovation must reads of the week: The Breakthrough Bias

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Can you create value if you’re not curious?

Can you create value if you're not curious?

Not as far as I’m concerned.

For as long as I can remember it’s always dawned on me that late adopters are not innovative. I mean, how could they be if they are not curious. I know, I know. Sometimes being late to the game is great. There are hundreds of examples of companies that were late to the game and ended up changing the game. Apple, Google and Facebook immediately come to mind.

But I think that curiosity drives the kind of creativity that leads to breakthroughs. To breakthroughs that create value. A simple formula I have is:

Curiosity = Value creation

STARTUP WEEKEND TIJUANA FLYER

Startup Weekend is coming to Tijuana

STARTUP WEEKEND TIJUANA FLYER

That’s right. For the first time ever, Startup Weekend is coming to Tijuana. Along with three of my friends, I’m organizing this monster of an opportunity to create a startup idea in 54 hours. It will be fast and extremely fun.

For those of you close to the border who are interested in participating, here is the information you need to know:

Chief Error Generation Officer

Awesome tweet by Tom Peters. It reminded me of the movie K-19 Widowmaker.

There are a few scenes in the movie K-19 The Widowmaker, which stars Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson, where Ford (the captain of the submarine) starts a number of drills to test the crew’s ability to execute under pressure. These drills, simulate situations that might go wrong. How about starting a fire in the crew’s sleeping quarters? How about shutting down the torpedo bay? How about jamming the sonar? All at once. What do you do?

The thinking goes, if you can test your edge, you can execute under extreme pressure.

This is what Tom Peters is referring to. Not someone who just wants to make people feel uncomfortable (although that’s true too) just for the heck of it, but a more strategic role of accelerating learning.