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"]
Dozens of mummified cats were dug up this week. This isn't as shocking as you might think.
- Archaeologists in Egypt have found dozens of mummified cats in the tomb of a royal offical.
- The cats will join the ranks of hundreds of thousands of previously discovered ancient kitties.
- While the cats are nothing special, the tomb also held well preserved beetles.
They're at a higher risk for depression, weekend binge drinking, and unnecessary dieting.
- Body dysmorphia is not limited to women, a new study from Norway and Cambridge shows.
- Young men that focus on building muscle are at risk for a host of mental and physical health problems.
- Selfie culture is not helping the growing number of teens that are anxious and depressed.
Detailed (and beautiful) information on 57 million crop fields across the U.S. and Europe are now available online.
- Using satellite images and artificial intelligence, OneSoil wants to make 'precision farming' available to the world.
- The start-up from Belarus has already processed the U.S. and Europe, and aims for global coverage by 2020.
- The map is practical, and more — browse 'Random Beautiful Fields' at the touch of a button.
SMARTER FASTER trademarks owned by The Big Think, Inc. All rights reserved.