People & Skills

How the Impossible Becomes Possible

Arthur C. Clark insisted that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Yet most of us have to live in a world of practicalities. Growing up means that fantasies must give way to realities. We learn to favor probabilities over possibilities.

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When Innovation is a Moving Target

When I was growing up in the UK of the 1970s, there was a TV game show called The Golden Shot. The final part involved a member of the audience guiding a blindfolded cameraman to line the crossbow sights up to the bullseye. “Left a bit, right a bit, up, down a bit – FIRE”. If they were lucky, the bolt would hit the middle of the target and they would win a prize.

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Innovators: Welcome the Surprising

When something unexpected happens don't get annoyed, get curious. Find out why. The customer with a weird complaint or a weird use for your product is one hundred times more interesting than the customer who is happy using your product in a conventional way. Welcome the surprising.

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Leader as Innovative Connector

Living and working in the ‘start-up nation,’ within a connected and entrepreneurial culture awakened me to the shift disrupting the networking paradigm. It is now one of the key foundations and enablers of innovative leadership and successful entrepreneurship.

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