Monthly Archives: February 2018

What You Must Consider to Remain Relevant

For some time now I have believed 70% of my knowledge is obsolete. People look at me strangely when I say this. How can all those years of experience be wasted? If you were told that students graduating in 2016 will have obsolete qualifications for which there will no longer be a profession by 2025, how would you feel? Devastated ...

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Is Big Data Doing More Harm Than Good?

In 1931, a 25 year-old Austrian named Kurt Gödel defied logic, literally, with his incompleteness theorems which proved that every formal system eventually fails. What made this discovery even more devastating was that Gödel himself was a logician and his theorems took the form of a logical proof. Essentially, he used logic to kill logic. Of course, the systems we rely on ...

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The prerequisites for trust in teamwork and creativity

Creative and collaborative teamwork will only take place if there is a high level of trust among team members. Trust allows members of the team to do three things that produce true collaboration. The first is to be vulnerable with each other, ask stupid questions, and propose stupid ideas. Without this vulnerability, team members are reserved and will keep ideas and insightful questions to ...

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How to Capture Your Strategy in a Single Sentence

If I were to ask you what your company/unit/team strategy is, could you answer in a single sentence? Is that even possible? And even if it is, why would you want to (other than to respond to some smart-aleck strategy facilitator)? I know it’s possible, and there are several worth reasons for stating strategy in a sentence. First, because every ...

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Sick Care is a Wicked Problem

Sick care is a wicked problem. By that, I don’t mean just scary. A wicked problem is a social or cultural problem that is difficult or impossible to solve for as many as four reasons: incomplete or contradictory knowledge, the number of people and opinions involved, the large economic burden, and the interconnected nature of these problems with other problems. Horst ...

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A Wishlist of Innovation Mindsets

A few years back I published an article on LinkedIn on the The 7 Magic Roles for Creating Sustainable Innovation Culture based on my experiences in working for, building and putting to work effective innovation teams. What dawned on me recently is that what made those teams effective (or not) was not so much the roles that we established and ...

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Here’s Why Your Innovation Strategy Will Fail

A decade ago, Apple looked unbeatable. It’s launch of the iPhone completely revolutionized mobile phones and made good on Steve Jobs’ vision of creating a hub of devices that connected people to technology. What’s more, he did it with just a fraction of the research budget of other tech giants. Yet now Apple seems stagnant. It’s still very profitable, but ...

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