George R.R. Martin describes two kinds of writers: architects (who plan) and gardeners (who see what emerges). These ideas apply to innovators too. However, instead of embracing one approach over the other, we need to build the skills require to integrate them.
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When I started a new job in New Zealand in 1997, reading Thriving on Chaos by Tom Peters changed my life. Here’s the story…
We all want to avoid big, expensive failures. The best way to do this is to design many small, cheap failures – experiments!
I just started writing for Harvard Business Review Blogs. Here is the story of how I almost blew that opportunity, and how I finally made it work by doing what I already know works: experimenting.
We learn through trial and error. That’s how everyone figures out how to ride a bike. We need to use trial and error more in business – it is a core tool for building an innovation culture.
I often have people ask me what they should do with a great idea they have for a business. Here is a list of questions to work through, and resources to help you.
The most important phrase in innovation is “this might not work.” If there isn’t a risk, we’re not innovating.
Experimenting is a core innovation skill. Scott Berkun’s book The Year Without Pants outlines the approach that Automattic uses to foster experiments at WordPress.com. It’s a great approach, which you can adapt to fit your organisation too.
My goal here is to help people that are trying to build a better world. I want to help make work more interesting. I hope that we can work together to do that. This is why we need to think of innovation as a discipline.
The Brisbane Innovation Network took a field trip to visit HackerSpace Brisbane today. We can learn a lot about how to innovate by watching how things work in these collaborative invention labs.
Most organisations have more than enough ideas, but many struggle to choose the best ideas to pursue. Here are ten methods you can use to improve your idea selection.
“They made fun of Galileo, and he was right. They make fun of me, therefore I am right.” That’s a logical fallacy. One way to avoid it is to actually test out our ideas – you can prove people wrong by making your ideas work. This is part of why innovation requires a bias towards action.
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- Ideas Change Lives: How Tom Peters’ Changed Mine 8 December 2013
- Failure is Always an Option 1 December 2013
- How I Almost Blew My Big Chance by Forgetting Everything I Know About Innovation 27 November 2013
- How to Use Experiments to Build an Innovation Culture 19 November 2013
- You Can’t Benchmark Your Way to Greatness 17 November 2013
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