innovation in perpetual beta
JANUARY 1, 2017
The perpetual beta working model tries to show how work and learning are related as we negotiate various types of networks to get new ideas, test them out, and innovate how we work. In our work teams we can focus on incremental innovation, to get better at what we already do.
Disruptive Innovation Revisited
JULY 9, 2014
The recent New Yorker article, - The Disruption Machine: What the gospel of innovation gets wrong , - by Harvard history professor Jill Lepore , has led to a flurry of opinions on disruptive innovation. The New Yorker described the article as “Rethinking the innovation craze.”
Innovation is a network activity
NOVEMBER 11, 2014
In business, attention is paid to innovative individuals, especially those who go on to become captains of industry. But of more importance is the ability of the network (society, organization, company) to stay connected to its collective knowledge in order to keep innovating.
The change is here
MARCH 1, 2017
For a number of years now (at least six ), I’ve been beating the drum about the need for organizations to be prepared to address change. Now we’re seeing the evidence that the change has arrived. The world’s changing, and L&D needs to adapt.
The Innovation of Loneliness
AUGUST 28, 2013
Gary Hamel calls it “ changing the way we change “ I call it growing-up , although my notion of growing-up is a completely different kind of growing-up than the one Euan Semple blogged about just recently as well.
Social networks drive Innovation
SEPTEMBER 12, 2011
Tweet I’m always looking for simple ways to explain how networks change business and how social media help to increase openness, driving transparency and increasing innovation.
The Real Unemployment Innovation Challenge
AUGUST 24, 2015
But that mismatch has the potential to become much more significant over the decades ahead, driven by dynamic forces that are rapidly changing the global business landscape, something that I’ve called the “Big Shift.”. The changing nature of supply and demand. In the face of this accelerating pace of change, our educational system is not keeping up, so we have a growing imbalance between the output of our educational system and the jobs that are available.
The Science of Innovation
DECEMBER 17, 2014
“Innovation - identified by MIT economist and Nobel laureate Robert Solow as the driver of long-term, sustainable economic growth and prosperity - has been a hallmark of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since its inception.” The innovation paradigm has changed.
Waxing Lyrical On Leadership, Engagement, Purpose & Innovation
MARCH 26, 2015
The fine folks at Learnnovators conducted an interview with me recently, where I spouted off on aspects of leadership, engagement, purpose and innovation. How would you like to change this scenario in today’s connected world of self-organized workers? Dan: To innovate is to learn.
White House: Innovation in Higher Education
AUGUST 3, 2015
The invitation was somewhat cryptic, but basically stated that the focus on the meeting was on quality and innovation. This invite was then followed a week later with a link to a post by Ted Mitchell, Undersecretary of Education, on Innovation and Quality in Higher Education , to help prepare for the conversation. The change pressures that exist now are not ones that the existing higher education model can ignore. This is the alpha agent in change.
Leadership in a Changing World
FEBRUARY 2, 2016
What are the critical competencies needed to lead in our fast-changing business environment? The key challenge confronting CEOs, - and senior executives in general, - is the relentless pace of change. But, w hile speed is the major dimension of change, it’s not the only one.
technology, change, and us
MAY 22, 2015
Innovation vs. (social) copying [without innovators to copy, none of us can learn socially]. NPR: The most common jobs in every US state [why self-driving vehicles will change the economy].
The 2016 MIT Inclusive Innovation Awards
DECEMBER 26, 2016
Several months ago, MIT’s Initiative on the Digital Economy launched its first annual Inclusive Innovation Competition (IIC). Let me close by explaining why I feel particularly proud to be associated with the Inclusive Innovation Competition.
Five Ways People Adopt And Love Change
OCTOBER 25, 2013
Is it that users just hate change ? Luckily, a communications expert named Everett Rogers looked deep and long at how human beings actually look at and choose to adopt something new and innovative. His findings are complied in his tome, Diffusion of Innovations. Oh dear Lord.
The Complex Nature of Cloud-based Innovation
JUNE 25, 2014
I find it helpful to look at cloud along two key dimensions: as a technology to improve IT productivity, and as a platform for enabling business innovation. Only one company in six viewed cloud as a way of fostering business innovation.
The Internet, Blockchain, and the Evolution of Foundational Innovations
JANUARY 17, 2017
Last year, a panel of global experts convened by the World Economic Forum selected blockchain as one of the Top Ten Emerging Technologies for 2016, based on its potential to fundamentally change the way economies work.
Measuring Culture Change
NOVEMBER 1, 2016
Someone recently asked how you would go about measuring culture change, and I thought it’s an interesting question. A learning culture is optimal for organizational innovation and agility, and it’s likely that not all elements are already in place. So it’s plausible that you’d want to change, and if you do, you’d like to know how it’s going. Culture change is a journey, not an event, after all ;).
The Blockchain and Open Innovation
JANUARY 12, 2016
Transformational innovations don’t always play out as originally envisioned. They’ve both gone on to change the world, - to say the least. It’s too early to know if the blockchain will become another major transformational innovation.
Embracing change from both sides
NOVEMBER 27, 2011
Examining a business and looking at how it can be more social, innovative and agile is not really that difficult. Consultants, and even key internal staff, can often identify the problem (at the time) but then they move on to the next problem before much change has happened.
Not all innovation is disruptive
JULY 14, 2014
Given all the talk about disruptive innovation lately, I thought I’d dust off several posts I have written on the subject and update them. Innovation is the following through part. Innovation
Market-facing Innovation Labs
SEPTEMBER 5, 2012
The corporate research lab has radically changed over the past several decades. As technologies and markets changed, most such labs declined in importance over the next twenty years. But, they are being reincarnated in our 21st century information economy as market-facing innovation labs, with significantly different and broader scopes than those of the original industrial economy research labs. Then around the mid-late 1980s it all started to change.
Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation
JANUARY 2, 2012
The column addresses a fundamental question that those studying innovation have been wrestling with for years: “Are big companies the best catalysts of innovation, or are small ones better?” The column is based on a recent study - Scale and Innovation in Today’s Economy - by Michael Mandel , chief economic strategist of the Progressive Policy Institute. As a result, there are reasons to believe that scale may be a plus for innovation in today’s economy, not a minus.”
PKM and innovation
SEPTEMBER 25, 2012
In the FastCoDesign article, How do you create a culture of innovation? the authors note four skills that most successful innovators exhibit: Questioning: Asking probing questions that impose or remove constraints. The Seek-Sense-Share framework aligns with these innovation skills.
Innovation is about making connections
MARCH 14, 2012
Here, where things are less homogenous, there is more diversity and more opportunities for innovation. Change and complexity are becoming the norm in our work. Tweet. The network era workplace requires collaboration and cooperation because complex problems cannot be solved alone.
Enabling Innovation – Book
FEBRUARY 2, 2012
Tweet I had the pleasure of writing an article for the book, Enabling Innovation: Innovative Capability – German and International Views as a follow-up to some work I did with the EU’s International Monitoring Organisation.
Intervention Design: Overcoming Stiff Resistance to a New, Disruptive Innovation
SEPTEMBER 29, 2015
With four articles on the subject, HBR ’s overriding message is that design is no longer just for physical products, being increasingly applied to customer experiences, innovation, business strategy, and complex problem solving. .
Innovation is not a repeatable process
OCTOBER 23, 2012
Can innovation be promoted through better processes? I have not been able to find any regular correllation between well adopted innovation processes and actual innovation outcomes, and I’ve been looking pretty hard. This is how we create a culture of innovation.
Disruptive Innovations and Large Companies
AUGUST 2, 2012
The subject of my seminar was Managing Technology-based Disruptive Innovations. Given my long career at IBM, as well as my more recent involvement with Citi, it is not surprising that I am particularly interested in entrepreneurship and innovation in large companies. Its lead article defined the term as: “somebody who offers an innovative solution to a (frequently unrecognised) problem. Startups are generally organized around one central innovation.
Innovation as a Journey into the Future
AUGUST 7, 2013
I recently read an excellent innovation report, - Strategic Orientations for Innovation: Chile in the 2025 Horizon. He was a Senator then, a position he held from March of 2002 until his appointment to president of the Innovation Council.
The MIT Inclusive Innovation Competition
MARCH 14, 2016
About three years ago, MIT launched the Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE), a major effort focused on the broad changes brought about by the relentless advances of digital technologies. Previous technological innovation has always delivered more long-run employment, not less.
The Paradox of Preparing for Change
OCTOBER 8, 2012
Here’s an example: the best way to prepare for change is to decide what isn’t going to change. The theme of the gathering was “Changing the Game.” They gave me exactly three minutes to offer some thoughts on the best way to prepare for change. Talk about preparing for change! Well, I learned that change can be really, really exciting – it was an awesome opportunity to explore the globe at a very young age and experience so many diverse cultures.
A Conversation on Innovation
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
OCTOBER 10, 2011
Re: the negative side of innovation, there's a prettyconsistent assessment of innovation & technology, a pretty consistentstatement, by the youth in the occupy movement. Is there a negative side ofprogress, of change? If we go one step beyond innovation, we have actuallyreached a cusp in the west. Does the general population support innovation? We need to start thinking about 'innovation' and'Innovation'. For whom and why must we innovate.
Disruptive Innovation Revisited
DECEMBER 8, 2015
Disruptive innovation was first introduced by Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen in a 1995 Harvard Business Review (HBR) paper co-written with Joseph Bower. 20 years after its introduction, Christensen has revisited his original concept in What is Disruptive Innovation? ,
Revolutionary, Ordinary Innovation
AUGUST 29, 2012
While the Square technology is very cool indeed, Davidoff’s key point is the ordinary nature of the innovation in question. The deal not only has the potential to change the way people pay for coffee and everything else, it also shows how small innovation applied to everyday tasks may be the next new thing for venture capital. Call it the rise of the ordinary innovators. Such major lab-based disruptive technologies are at one end of the innovation spectrum.
Solo change agents set you free
NOVEMBER 6, 2013
Here is what Domino’s Pizza learned about implementing personal knowledge management practices , after their recent pilot project: First, learners want some guidance about the changing boundaries of professional development. complexity Innovation PKM SocialBusiness
“We made up these rules, and we can change them”
MAY 23, 2016
In the network era rigid hierarchies are counter-productive, as they shut off opportunities for serendipity and innovation, which is why self-organization must be the basis of new organizational model. We made up these rules, and we can change them.
OMG, its culture change time
FEBRUARY 25, 2013
And of course once blame has been allocated we end up with a visitation from the cultural change specialists with their tool kit of communication plans, key drivers, motivational posters, games and the like. Don't talk about how you want to change, or why things are really different.
MAY 19, 2015
Is there an appetite for change in L&D? There really isn’t any burning desire for change, or willingness to move even if there is. And L&D could be also optimizing the ability of the organization to continually innovate. That was the conversation I’ve had with colleagues lately. And I have to say that that the answer is mixed, at best. The consensus is that most of L&D is comfortably numb.
Principles for Managing Strategy and Innovation
JANUARY 19, 2012
When technology and market environments go through major changes, as is certainly the case today, previously successful business strategies will no longer work, no matter how much you try to fix them. Companies that are unable or unwilling to adapt to the changes in such a Darwinian climate will become marginalized or extinct. Both can plant the seeds of decline and make it more difficult to foresee and respond to change.
A job is just a role that cannot change
MARCH 11, 2014
They allow people to quickly make and change connections. The innovators are moving away from companies and into networks already. A job is just a role that cannot change. They have difficulty changing, usually requiring a disruptive and ineffective reorganization.