Category Archives: Innovation

Bill Gates: The Three Phases Of The Robot Revolution

the robot revolutionWe can all agree to disagree with much of the discussion about robots displacing our jobs in the very near future. It is happening, that’s a fact. What’s hard to predict is when and how fast it will happen.

In previous episodes of my podcast (here and here) we talked about the rise of the machines and what it might mean for society. The way I think about the evolution of artificial intelligence is that it will evolve in phases: easy and complex.

Design As Strategy: How Design Can Improve Your Business Outcomes

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Design thinking. is it a methodology, mindset, trend, the new must in business acumen, or all of the above?

Regardless of your interpretation, it has been around for quite a while. The bottom-line is most leaders still don’t understand how exactly it helps improve or drive new business outcomes.

Why?

Fear is Detrimental to Innovation

Many of the most successful companies strive for constant change and new innovations in the workplace. For them, new ideas are the lifeblood that keep things rolling towards a more productive, collaborative, and happy workplace environment. Furthermore, they see innovation as the key to remaining at the top of their respective industry and push the boundaries of what is possible.

When Smart Drugs Do The Work

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A world where most menial jobs will be taken over by robots is coming. And in that future, humans will focus on cognitively intense jobs where critical thinking and creativity are highly valued. How fast that will happen is an ongoing argument, but what is happening already, and will also become more widespread in the future, is the use of cognitive performance enhancers at school and at work.

As we discussed in A World Without Sleep, a scenario that could present itself is one where we choose not to sleep to be able to compete with robots; and that means using smart drugs.

Great innovation teams are driven by customer insights

Customer discovery never stops

If you look deeply at hundreds of examples of business innovation, an interesting pattern begins to emerge. Specifically, what we find is that an innovative idea came not from some inherent individual brilliance but from looking at the world from a fresh perspective; an alternate way of seeing things.

Innovators don’t pull ideas out of the air, rather they obsess about a particular challenge, ask questions and dig deep to discover insights. And one way innovators come to their insight is by understanding the unarticulated needs of people.

Netflix’s culture is a prime example of one that isn’t afraid to reinvent itself

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We are in a constant state of becoming, and it’s not entirely obvious to anyone or any team that is starting out, and nobody tells you this in school, that we must reinvent ourselves.

Case in point Patty McCord, former Head of HR for Netflix and the person credited with creating their culture, believes that the ideal culture isn’t afraid to reinvent itself: