Bold Moves, not just Bold Talk
Bruce Nussbaum's post over at Business Week about the Backlash Against Innovation has started to resonate throughout the innovation community. While Bruce points out that the real work about innovation is just getting started, he also acknowledges that many in the business community and the media are starting to get impatient about seeing some sort of return from innovation. The uninspired results from the false-innovators are starting to overshadow the sparkling results from the true-innovators. (Fairly or unfairly, Ford has been grouped into the list of false-innovators. However, I think that the new guy, Mulally, is world-class and exactly the type of innovative thinker who can lead Ford out of the innovation jungle. If he did it with Boeing, I think he can do it with Ford.).
Anyway, in response to those who claim that innovation is just a fad, Jeffrey Phillips of the Innovate on Purpose blog has responded with a critique of his own, suggesting that the innovation trend hasn't even gotten started yet. Judging from his experience with CRM (customer relationship management) implementations, Phillips points out that this discontent with innovation is "just the continuation of a cycle we've seen before." As Phillips points out, the comparison with the CRM movement should be cause for hope:
important management trend got started this way. I was working with
customer relationship management software before people heard of Tom
Siebel. At first, CRM was the complete ticket to solve your customer
management woes - it would snap sales people into line, improve sales
pipelines and "manage" customers more effectively. Except that CRM
didn't really do those things out of the gate. It required a change in
culture and in management thinking before the software and processes
could make a big change. So, after a few years, Gartner was famous for
a report that over 50% of all CRM implementations failed. In any
management trend, once a leading firm has identified the end of the
trend, you can assume good things will happen next, since the people
who were along for the ride will get off, and the people who are in it
for the long run will get started..."
Anyway, stay tuned to the Innovate on Purpose blog. Jeffrey has a lot to say on the topic of innovation, and he's playing an important part in making organizations more aware of the value of innovation.
[image: Ford Bold Moves. Can't Wait.]
Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.
- Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
Swiss researchers identify new dangers of modern cocaine.
- Cocaine cut with anti-worming adulterant levamisole may cause brain damage.
- Levamisole can thin out the prefrontal cortex and affect cognitive skills.
- Government health programs should encourage testing of cocaine for purity.
The controversy around the Torah codes gets a new life.
- Mathematicians claim to see a predictive pattern in the ancient Torah texts.
- The code is revealed by a method found with special computer software.
- Some events described by reading the code took place after the code was written.
Civil discourse has fallen to an all time low.
The question that the American populace needs to ask itself now is: how do we fix it?
Discursive fundamentals need to be taught to preserve free expression
In their findings the authors state:
upholding First Amendment ideals.
Talking politics at Thanksgiving dinner
- Progressive Activists: younger, highly engaged, secular, cosmopolitan, angry.
- Traditional Liberals: older, retired, open to compromise, rational, cautious.
- Passive Liberals: unhappy, insecure, distrustful, disillusioned.
- Politically Disengaged: young, low income, distrustful, detached, patriotic, conspiratorial
- Moderates: engaged, civic-minded, middle-of-the-road, pessimistic, Protestant.
- Traditional Conservatives: religious, middle class, patriotic, moralistic.
- Devoted Conservatives: white, retired, highly engaged, uncompromising,
It's interesting to note the authors found that:
"Tribe membership shows strong reliability in predicting views across different political topics."
Here are some statistics on differing viewpoints according to political party:
- 51% of staunch liberals say it's "morally acceptable" to punch Nazis.
- 53% of Republicans favor stripping U.S. citizenship from people who burn the American flag.
- 65% of Republicans say NFL players should be fired if they refuse to stand for the anthem.
- 58% of Democrats say employers should punish employees for offensive Facebook posts.
- 47% of Republicans favor bans on building new mosques.
Here are some guidelines for civic discourse that might come in handy:
- Practice inclusion and listen to who you're speaking to.
Civic discourse in the divisive age
dangerously tribal, fueled by a culture of outrage and taking offense. For the combatants,
the other side can no longer be tolerated, and no price is too high to defeat them.
These tensions are poisoning personal relationships, consuming our politics and
putting our democracy in peril.
Once a country has become tribalized, debates about contested issues from
immigration and trade to economic management, climate change and national security,
become shaped by larger tribal identities. Policy debate gives way to tribal conflicts.
Polarization and tribalism are self-reinforcing and will likely continue to accelerate.
The work of rebuilding our fragmented society needs to start now. It extends from
re-connecting people across the lines of division in local communities all the way to
building a renewed sense of national identity: a bigger story of us."
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