Innovation and change
In an opinion piece for Management Issues ("The Cosmic Egg of Change"), Max McKeown points out that organizations often approach innovation as if they were dealing with a blank slate. However, innovation doesn't just happen -- all "change" must come from somewhere:
"Take a quick look and you will find that change management models,
frameworks, four steps, seven steps, and so on, don't tend to worry
about what happened before. They start as though everything just "was"...
And yet all the evidence is that change is inextricably linked to the
past. Change is not overcoming inertia as much as it is redirecting,
guiding, tweaking what already is and what has already happened. We
must believe that we can make choices and that those choices can alter
the future. However, our choices are limited by the past, the present,
and the actions of others and the future is bigger than our individual
choices. We are finite. It is infinite. We are bounded. It is limitless."
This idea has profound implications, of course, for any company attempting to transform itself through innovation, whether it is Dell, Ford Motor Company or Pfizer. Instead of trying to become something that they are not, maybe they should focus on leveraging existing strengths:
In other words, change is the (occasionally) skilful redirecting,
renewing, and reconnecting of stuff (like time, money, things, jokes,
knowledge, hopes, passion, and dreams) into something better for us,
for someone, even for everyone. Something Mr, Mrs, & Ms CEO could
take to heart. So while you can't fight fate, you can play with it."
Or, as David Bowie so eloquently sang, "Time may change me, but I can't trace time."
[video: David Bowie, "Changes"]
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- Medical professionals are currently using 3D printers to create prosthetics and patient-specific organ models that doctors can use to prepare for surgery.
- Eventually, scientists hope to print patient-specific organs that can be transplanted safely into the human body.
- Northwell Health, New York State's largest health care provider, is pioneering 3D printing in medicine in three key ways.
- In some fundamental ways, humans haven't changed all that much since the days when we were sitting around communal fires, telling tales.
- Although we don't always recognize them as such, stories, symbols, and rituals still have tremendous, primal power to move us and shape our lives.
- This is no less true in the workplace than it is in our personal lives.
One of Stephen Hawking's predictions seems to have been borne out in a man-made "black hole".
- Stephen Hawking predicted virtual particles splitting in two from the gravitational pull of black holes.
- Black holes, he also said, would eventually evaporate due to the absorption of negatively charged virtual particles.
- A scientist has built a black hole analogue based on sound instead of light.
- The word "creative" is sometimes waved around like a badge of honor. We speak of creativity in hushed tones, as the special province of the "talented". In reality, the creative process is messy, open, and vulnerable.
- For this reason, creativity is often at its best in a group setting like brainstorming. But in order to work, the group creative process needs to be led by someone who understands it.
- This sense of deep trust—that no idea is too silly, that every creative impulse is worth voicing and considering—is essential to producing great work.
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