Archive for February, 2009
Crisisofcredit.com published a nice motion-infographics to explain the financial crisis. It was completed as part of thesis work by Jonathan Jarvis in the Media Design Program, a graduate studio at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
At STVP eCorner, Tom Kelley,the GM of IDEO and author of best-selling books on creativity, translates his thoughts on corporate creativity to a personal level and suggests how a innovator can learn to foster the nature of creativity for life. He urges entrepreneurial thinkers to resist the forces that chip away at creative energy, and encourages an effort toward innovation to remain young at heart.
Listen to the entire talk (MP3, 58min)
Here goes couple of great sound bites from Tom Kelly’s talk –
In his book, “Orbiting the Giant Hairball“, MacKenzie asks school children from kindergarten through sixth grade if they consider themselves to be artists. While the enthusiasm for creative free expression seems to run freely for the youngest children, the author notes some attrition from the idea starting with the second graders, and full-blown shame for artistic expression by the time he speaks to the sixth grade. The take-away from this exercise, says Kelley, is that we are all born with a high level of innovation, but it is the cultural norm to have these aspirations and pleasures flattened at a surprisingly young age.
…attitude of wisdom which is a healthy balance between confidence in what you know and distrusting what you know just enough that keeps you thirsty for more knowledge. Because we’ve all met people in our lives who they get to be an expert, they develop this deep expertise and they want to rest on their laurels. “I know a lot about that. I don’t need to know more.”
“It’s not what you don’t know that gets you into trouble; it’s what you know for sure that ain’t so.” And this “know for sure” stuff could be really a problem for lots of people.
Building Blocks of the Learning Organization.
- A supportive learning environment: An environment that supports learning has four distinguishing characteristics, which includes – Psychological safety, appreciation of differences, openness to new ideas, and time for reflection.
- Concrete learning processes and practices.
- Leadership that reinforces learning.
Another awesome video from HBR (pointed out by Luis) is an interview of Cisco CEO John Chambers, where he explains how abandoning command-and-control leadership has enabled the company to innovate more quickly, using collaboration and teamwork.
To quote :
“Stepping down from command and control formal authority and instead overseeing a web of relationships and inter dependencies requires you to be able to build an inclusive collaborative approach, more of a leading from behind perspective, to be an effective leader. To allow leadership as collective genius requires you to subjugate your own ego in order to allow others to thrive”