Innovation is really about leadership. So how can you encourage innovation in your organization? There is no one thing, no recipe to follow. But, there are principles that you can follow to drive innovation in your organization.
Throughout the school year a university in Mexico, Cetys, invited experts from outside to come to campus and talk about different topics to its students. I was invited to talk about disruptive innovation, but the COVID-19 virus changed that and classes and all other activities were cancelled.
Mid February was the NBA All Star Game. As I mentioned in a post I wrote, for some time the ASG was struggling to be the best pick up game in the world. But the changes made to the format of the ASG made it great again.
A few weeks ago I was asked to examine the leaders, people who are responsible for a specific area and had direct reports, of a company. I noticed one person in particular who talked badly about their direct reports behind the scenes.
My haircut is very simple, all around the head with number 1. It has been like that since I was 18 years old. So sometimes I cut my hair myself, and most of the time I go to the barber if I’m not feeling like doing it myself. My long time barber passed away a few years ago so I’ve been jumping from barber to barber. And in recent months I found this place that’s a combination barber and spa with a sports focus. All the barbers are women, dressed in sports pants.
Just over a year ago, at the end of 2018 we closed Netek; my emotion AI company. The reason? Just like every startup that’s funded, we ran out of money. I tried over many months to raise more money. We had the tech and the team. But when I took the reigns as CEO I knew that the technology was still in it’s nascent stage and would need to evolve further than what the industry was operating on.
The NBA All Star Game is the equivalent of the Super Bowl for those of us who are basketball nerds. But for some time the NBA All Star game has been nothing more than a spectacle of flashy dunks, passes and alley-oops; rather than the greatest pick up game in the world where the best of the best compete to win.