Category Archives: Leadership

Ideas that must die Pt.1

all good ideas must die

So far, in this podcast, we’ve discussed the possibilities of ideas that if created would improve the world. On this episode we flip the script, rather than asking if a new idea is a good one, we ask whether it’d be better if some of the ideas we cling to were killed off.

All good ideas must die (so that great ideas might live). With that said, similar to how you kill stupid rules to innovate, what ideas, if eliminated, would improve our life?

Future Proof: 4 Ways To Explore What’s Possible

The Big Bang podcastTo imagine a future is easy, to imagine one that matters is another story.

The world is changing fast. I see it everyday in the articles and stories that get shared on my self-curated Twitter feed, as well as the conversations I have with people trying to change the world. For example, articles on how a future without cows is near, another on how our future food intake will include bugs, and another on how a self-driving car was pulled over.

These are just articles related to the future of food and transportation, dig deeper and you’ll get a picture into how various industries are changing and how others are being created in front of us.

Why is this important?

What skills do we need to stay relevant in the future?

future or workFrom the beginnings of organized farming to the advent of organized labor, work has dramatically changed. It has fundamentally shifted even more as we moved from the industrial era into today’s technologically enabled on-demand reality. The ability to automate work and use artificial intelligence to augment everyday tasks is now here. And, the nature of change in the workforce is accelerating as robots start to walk outside factories, the whir of drones grows louder in the air, and driverless cars are poised to join us on the streets in cities nationwide.

We are rapidly approaching an inflection point where the acceleration of these trends will bring about a sea change in the workforce.

What is an ideal living utopia, and why aren’t we living in one?

living utopiaPeople live off low paying jobs, they don’t have enough money and are unhappy; and there are no signs that it will stop anytime soon. Is this the living utopia we want?

On this week’s episode of The Big Bang podcast we dissect our current way of living as a society.

Arnold Beekes On Being A Generalist

the rise of the generalistOn this week’s episode we chat with my friend, and fellow Generalist, Arnold Beekes about being a Generalist and how to thrive in a society full of specialists. We need to cultivate more curiosity in people!

I came to use the word “Generalist” after knowing Arnold, and have previously written about it at length (here, here, here, here).

The benefit of cultivating a Generalist mindset is huge, and is widely considered a trait of innovators because new problems require new perspectives and approaches. The best leaders are pattern thinkers because they are always learning, that is what a Generalist brings to the table: an ability to connect the dots in new ways.

Think your business has what it takes to innovate? Ask yourself this question

unlock employee innovationYou have an idea, potentially a great one, you tell your boss and colleagues about it and they all think it’s crazy. So, no go. Not even a chance to explore the subtleties; just no. Sound familiar?

Yes, it’s the same old story in any type of organization that stands for doing more of the same. But if businesses want to have some kind of existence in the near future, this attitude has to stop.

You can’t mandate innovation

state of global innovation report 2015Pretty much every “state of corporate innovation” report confirms what we already know about corporate innovation:

  • Innovation matters more than ever and organizations view it as a priority.
  • Most organizations have plenty of ideas, but struggle mightily to convert promising ideas into real-world innovations.
  • More than leadership, or funding, or anything else, corporate culture is the primary impediment to innovation success.

Imaginatik’s most recent state of innovation 2015 report isn’t that different.

There is nothing inherently wrong with doing these reports, the problem is that most nothing changes from one report to another.