technology augment human capabilities

Many people are afraid of the changes technology will bring. However, they often forget that we have been adapting to technological changes all our lives. By adopting new technologies, we have been augmenting our capabilities even if we did not realize it at the time. The most obvious examples are the introduction of computers in…

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Fourth Industrial Revolution

We are at the beginning of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. But how did we get here? Heather McGowan and Chris Shipley, in their book The Adaptation Advantage: Let Go, Learn Fast, and Thrive in the Future of Work, take a look at that, starting from the First Industrial Revolution. The First Industrial Revolution, which lasted…

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Innovate something new

We all want to be innovative. Senior leaders consistently rank innovation and developing an innovative culture as one of their top priorities. However, they also say that employees do not have the proper skills to innovate effectively. Wouldn’t it be helpful to understand how individuals and organizations can learn to innovate? In his new book…

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bitcoin blockchain

One of the topics that I find immensely interesting to follow is bitcoin and blockchain. While most people combine bitcoin and blockchain into one discussion, like I just did, these are two separate entities. In my future blog posts, I will go into a more in-depth discussion on each, but for now, I will mention…

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spark innovation

Continuing the discussion of a new book Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them, written by Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini, this post is about overcoming bureaucracy to unleash innovation. Dozens, if not hundreds, of books have been written about unlocking innovation at organizations. A Boston Consulting Group poll showed that 79%…

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robots at work, humans and machines

“The threat that automation poses for employment depends mostly on whether or not we continue to treat employees like robots” is a quote from a new book Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them, written by Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini. Immanuel Kant, a nineteenth-century German philosopher, maintained that we should never…

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innovation strategy

Innosight, a strategy consultancy firm founded in 2000 by the late Clayton Christensen, has recently released a report Reset Your Innovation Priorities to Reflect The New Reality. In the report, the authors discussed the steps businesses must take to reassess their innovation strategies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Three questions to ask to…

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barriers to innovation

Why are some companies more innovative than others? We know that we need ideas to spark innovation, but that is just a starting point. What obstacles do many companies face in becoming more innovative, and what are the attributes of an innovative culture? Rita McGrath discusses these issues in her book, Seeing Around Corners: How…

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inflection point

Maybe it is just me, but everywhere I turn, I hear someone talk about inflection points. That should not be surprising, given all the upheaval we are experiencing every day. Some of these changes could be inflection points, which brings up two questions. What are inflection points, and how can we recognize them? The best…

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get ideas, innovation

James Webb Young, one of the creators of the modern advertising industry, once said, “An idea is nothing more nor less than a new combination of old elements.” Any innovation starts with an idea. This article will cover several concepts related to an organization’s abilities to innovate, including idea development, creativity, and visualization. Idea Development…

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