Breakthrough Thinking from Inside the Box Imagine that we asked you to invent an idea for a new business in the next 20 minutes. The task is so broad and vague that you would probably think you couldn’t do it. We have often seen people give up without really trying when confronted with such an amorphous challenge. Instead, let us pose a narrower question: What do Rollerblades, Häagen-Dazs ice cream, and Spider-Man movies have in common? The answer is they are all based on the same business concept. What did we just do, and why did it work? Most managers and professionals are quite capable of thinking effectively inside a box. Ten years ago, as part of a larger project for McKinsey’s strategy practice, we led a team of consultants who developed such an approach to brainstorming. Now that it has been road tested, we’d like to share our approach. Why Brainstorming Doesn’t Work The problem with the first method is that most people are not very good at unstructured, abstract brainstorming.
How quitting my corporate job for my startup f*cked up my life Finally the SMS arrived: “Tomorrow morning 5am, flight number AZ610 from Rome to NewYork.” An SMS hitting my BlackBerry on Sunday evenings used to decide my destination and client for the coming week. I was working for one of the top three global strategy consulting firms. A life packed in a suitcase. A consulting life where you miss out on everything and everyone in life, except Excel spreadsheets. After few hours of sleep, the private driver was taking me to the Rome Fuimicino airport so I could take my fancy business-class flight to NYC. The salary? Parents There was something wrong with this consulting life, though. Dad, mom, I just quit my job. My mom almost had a heart attack. I tried to ease her distress. Mom, I hate it. My parents had retired after years of a 9 to 5 working routine at their secure and boring government jobs. It was my mom on the phone: “Sooooooooo, how is your business doing?! Girlfriend, friends, and social circle Cash, cash, cash. Today. 1. Get a life. 2. 3. 4. 5.
The Art of Self-Renewal: A Timeless 1964 Field Guide to Keeping Your Company and Your Soul Vibrantly Alive by Maria Popova “The self-renewing man … looks forward to an endless and unpredictable dialogue between his potentialities and the claims of life — not only the claims he encounters but the claims he invents.” In 1964, the prolific social science writer John W. Gardner published Self-Renewal: The Individual and the Innovative Society (public library) — a forgotten book of extraordinary prescience and warm wisdom, which rings even timelier today. It’s a must-read as much for entrepreneurs and leaders seeking to infuse their organizations with ongoing vitality as it is for all of us as individuals, on our private trajectories of self-transcendence and personal growth. Gardner explores what it takes for us — as individuals, as a society, even as a civilization — to cultivate the capacity for self-renewal so vital to countering “the dry rot produced by apathy, by rigidity and by moral emptiness,” which often comes with attaining a certain level of complacent comfort or success. He later adds:
Automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast Automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) is a cooperative surveillance technology for tracking aircraft. The aircraft determines its own position via GNSS and periodically broadcasts this via a radio frequency. ADS-B is one of the technologies selected as part of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) and the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR). The United States will require the majority of aircraft operating within its airspace to be equipped with some form of ADS-B by 1 January 2020. In the EU airspace planes with a weight above 5,700 kilograms (12,600 lb) or a max cruise of over 250 knots will be required to carry ADS-B from 2017 (new planes from 2015). Description ADS-B, which consists of two different services, "ADS-B Out" and "ADS-B In", could be replacing radar as the primary surveillance method for controlling aircraft worldwide. Benefits Safety Situational awareness Improved visibility Efficiency ADS-B System
Complexity Thinking 2 ou 3 choses que je sais d’elle… la typographie » Mot compliqué #4 : digit par Thierry Chancogne Simon Schaffer nous reproche, à nous autres français, de ne pas avoir gardé, pour qualifier la révolution de ce qu’on appelait, il n’y a pas si longtemps, les NTIC — ou Nouvelles Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication — notre bon vieux mot de 1730, digital, et de lui avoir préféré le mot numérique, par un retournement dont l’histoire a le secret. Parce que, quand on a voulu le réintroduire dans le vocabulaire français, en 1960, l’Académie des sciences le rejeta pour anglicisme. En quelque sorte, on s’était mis le doigt dans l’œil… C’est que digital est un mot compliqué. Un mot au moins duel, qui fait communiquer le monde tangible des événements et celui de leurs représentations les plus immatérielles. Exo-darwinisme Simon Schaffer nous rappelle à la richesse de ce terme qu’avait déjà relevée Pierre Vanni. C’est que cela fait un moment que la réalité est augmentée par le virtuel de la pensée et par les interventions techniques de l’homme. Homme signe
How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Unblock the “Spiritual Electricity” of Creative Flow by Maria Popova “No matter what your age or your life path … it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too silly to work on your creativity.” “Art is not a thing — it is a way,” Elbert Hubbard wrote in 1908. But the question of what that way is, where exactly it leads, and how to best follow it is something artists have been grappling with since the dawn of recorded time and psychologists have spent decades trying to decode, outlining the stages of creativity, its essential conditions, and the best technique for producing ideas. In 1978, a few months after she stopped drinking, artist, poet, playwright, novelist, filmmaker, composer, and journalist Julia Cameron began teaching artists — by the broadest possible definition — how to overcome creative block and get back on their feet after a “creative injury.” Art by Sydney Pink from 'Overcoming Creative Block.' Writing in the introduction to the 10th anniversary edition, Cameron adds to the most beautiful definitions of art:
The Mind of the Entrepreneur | One Magazine When Reed Hastings went to return a movie to his local video store in 1997, he met with a rude awakening: a late fee of $40, more than the cost of purchasing the movie itself. What’s worse, he had to pay it before he could rent another movie. Embarrassed and not a little annoyed, he ponied up the cash. But where most of us might have licked our wounds and let it go, he continued to stew over the incident. The head of a struggling software company at the time, Hastings mulled over ideas to make the video rental business better. With just $2 million in startup cash to launch their new DVD-by-mail business, Hastings and a few colleagues started small in San Francisco, working out the kinks as they went. Entrepreneurs are more likely to generalize larger patterns from small, random bits of information. As Hastings’ story—and stories of hundreds of other entrepreneurs—shows, however, nearly all of these myths are just that: myths. Take Hastings. The results were dramatic.
Transition design Transition design is design led societal transition to a more sustainable future. It applies an understanding of the interconnectedness of social, economic, political and natural systems to address problems that exist at all levels of scale in ways that improve quality of life. Such problems can include poverty and economic inequality, biodiversity loss, decline of community, resource depletion, pollution and climate change. Transition design leverages the power of interdependency and symbiosis with the aim of transforming entire lifestyles, making these more convivial and participatory, and harmonising them with the natural environment. Transition designers Designers assume a similar role in transition design as they do in service design or design for social innovation: the designer is a facilitator of emergent solutions to problems rather than an expert who conceives and delivers blueprints and finished solutions. Cosmopolitan localism Origin Initial development
Lab'Urba EA 3482 - Bourdin Alain Curriculum Vitae Co-directeur d’Espaces et Sociétés Secrétaire Général des Cahiers Internationaux de sociologie email@example.com Sociologue et urbaniste, Alain Bourdin est professeur des universités à l'Institut Français d'Urbanisme qu'il a dirigé entre 2003 et 2011. Il a enseigné dans plusieurs universités françaises et étrangères et exercé de nombreuses responsabilités universitaires. Parmi ses publications : Ouvrages 1984 Le Patrimoine réinventé, Paris, PUF (coll. The Power of Process: What Young Mozart Teaches Us About the Secret of Cultivating Genius by Maria Popova On the “powerful blend of instruction, encouragement, and constant practice.” “The trick to creativity … is to identify your own peculiar talent and then to settle down to work with it for a good long time,” observed Denise Shekerjian in reflecting on her insightful interviews with MacArthur “genius” grantees. “Success is the product of the severest kind of mental and physical application,” attested Thomas Edison. In The Genius in All of Us: New Insights into Genetics, Talent, and IQ (public library), David Shenk presents a rigorously researched blend of historical evidence and scientific data to debunk the myth that genius is a special gift serendipitously bestowed upon the chosen few and shows, instead, that it is the product of consistent, concentrated effort, applied in the direction of one’s natural inclination. Anonymous portrait of the child Mozart, possibly by Pietro Antonio Lorenzoni; painted in 1763 on commission from Leopold Mozart (public domain)
Office of the CTO | Why Financial and Business Knowledge Matters in IT Frank Wegner is a Physicist and IT industry veteran with over 18 years of experience in software development, IT architecture, project management, and consulting, and mentoring. He joined VMware in 2006 as Technical Account Manager helping large customers transforming their IT into a more agile and cost efficient IT service delivery. A key element of this work is to link business needs to IT architectures, and helping customers using advanced concepts like software defined datacenter elements to drive the business value. In this blog I explore ways to make IT more relevant for business. I have spent many years in IT working on lots of customer projects. Why technical KPIs can be dangerous A CTO once wanted to drive his companies’ business forward. When things go the wrong way – coping with 3rd-party providers Other examples of disconnects between business and IT surface when the business circumvents their own companies’ IT offerings. Lower your IT Service costs Achieving cost transparency
Innovation frugale Un article de Wikipédia, l'encyclopédie libre. L'innovation frugale est une démarche consistant à répondre à un besoin de la manière la plus simple et efficace possible en utilisant un minimum de moyens. Elle est souvent résumée par le fait de fournir des solutions de qualité à bas coût ou d'innover mieux avec moins,,,. Description[modifier | modifier le code] Le processus d'innovation frugale amène à réduire la complexité et le coût de la chaîne de réalisation et de la solution créée dans un contexte où l'innovateur a généralement peu de moyens et où ses solutions doivent pouvoir adresser un marché Bottom of the Pyramid La solution créée est épurée à son maximum pour répondre précisément au besoin sans concession sur ce dernier et sans ajout superflu. Origine[modifier | modifier le code] L'innovation frugale est inspirée du concept indien Jugaad qui précise que cette démarche est généralement utilisée dans un environnement difficile Jugaad Portail de l’économie