Posts Tagged ‘Robert I. Sutton’

Great readings this week!!

14 de Agosto de 2010

Some good things to read!

How to Build Cooperation by Greg Satell

Can’t we all just get along?

No we can’t.  Not if we think we can win by screwing over the other guy.  We are all predators by nature (some of us more than others) and we do what we must in order to survive.

True Leaders Are Also Managers by Robert I. Sutton

Ever have occasion to do an in-depth review of the academic and practical literature on leadership? I have — twice in the past five years


Openness or How Do You Design for the Loss of Control? By Tim Leberecht via Ralph-Ohr

Openness is the mega-trend for innovation in the 21st century, and it remains the topic du jour for businesses of all kinds. Granted, it has been on the agenda of every executive ever since Henry Chesbrough’s seminal Open Innovation came out in 2003.

Which Part of Your Business Model is Creating Value? By Tim Kastelle

Andrew Keen posted a fascinating interview with Jeff Jarvis yesterday. All of the interview clips are worth watching – they touch on a number of interesting topics, including the relative benefits of publicness and privacy, the future of news and how to best develop new business models for journalism, why google struggles with social applications, and the changing nature of internet-based business models. The latter is included in this clip:

Strategy starts with identifying changes by Jorge Barba

Pay attention to this McKinsey Quarterly interview of Richard Rumelt, professor of strategy at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management:

Smartfailing – a new concept for learning through failure by Stefan Lindegaard

We need to become better at learning through failure, but the word failure itself is so negatively loaded. How can we create a new concept and vocabulary on the intersection of failure and learning?

The efficient use of ideas by Jeffrey Phillips

Every significant “leap forward” in the span of human consciousness has coincided with a significant change in the efficient use of a significant resource.  For example – the transition from nomadic life to farming.

Ideas Jam – How it works by Paul Sloane

We ran the Ideas Jam meeting yesterday and it went well. It was an intensive idea generation session.

Creativity Matters by John Maeda

Last month when Newsweek [07.19.10] ran a piece on how to fix the “Creativity Crisis” in America, the mainstream media brought to light critical issues that are routinely ignored in the U.S. today

How to Find Opportunities in Fragmentation by Andrea Meyer

Point: If you’re looking for a new business opportunity, look for individually-fragmented but collectively large areas of economic activity, such as where individuals or small business own a large segment of the market

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Some good readings this week!

24 de Julho de 2010

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20 Awesome Quotes on the Relationship Between Humor, Play, and Creativity by Mitch Ditkoff

 “To stimulate creativity one must develop childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition.” – Albert Einstein

Being Busy Makes Us Happier, but Our Instinct Is to Do Nothing by Robert I. Sutton, PhD

This research explains nearly 100% of my emotions, actions, and predilections! And it is very consistent with what every parent knows: When the kids are complaining about being bored or are sitting around being grumpy, get them to do SOMETHING no matter how trivial or inane it may seem. This may apply to bosses too, but I have to think about it.

Better Ideas Faster by David Sherwin

I had a chance to attend HOW Design Conference in Denver, Colorado, where over 2,500 designers gathered to be inspired by their peers, play with new tools and techniques, and network in some unusual ways—such as Neenah Paper’s closing party, where everyone wore white. (Have you ever seen a room with a thousand people all wearing white?) My contribution to the event was a session on how graphic designers can brainstorm more effectively.

How Can We Fix the Problems of Design Thinking? In Design Sojourn

This article has actually been sitting as a draft for a few months now. I knew I wanted to write a follow up to the popular (49 comments at the time of writing!) Design Thinking is Killing Creativity, however I held off, as I wanted to have some time to hear your feedback as well as look at the fall out of Design Thinking all over the Internet.


How Open Innovation Can Help You Cope in Lean Times by Henry W. Chesbrough

History shows that the companies that continue to invest in their innovative capabilities during tough economic times are those that fare best when growth returns.

Every Business Startup is a Series of Unexpected Events – Will You Be Ready? by: K. MacKillop

No matter how seasoned an entrepreneur, every business startup has its share of surprises. Whether the entire business idea changes radically during the early stages or an unconsidered market segment emerges as the top consumers, expect the unexpected. How a business owner deals with surprises is a major factor that determines who finds great success and who muddles through.

Design Thinking: A Solution to Fracture-Critical Systems by DMI

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The banking collapse. The foreclosure crisis. Tom Fisher, Dean, College of Design at the University of Minnesota, views each of these disasters as a “fracture-critical system,” and he sees design thinking as a potential solution.

Have a nice week!

Delivering happiness… with great readings

17 de Julho de 2010

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Delivering happiness: Not business as usual by Jorge Barba

A few days ago I wrote about how Zappos has broken the rule that a business exists purely to make profits. They’ve designed their business model around the concept of ‘happiness’ and have made it clear that the customer IS their business. The is idea is driven that by making their employees happy it further drives customer happiness. It’s common sense but we, as consumers, can’t really say that other businesses look after our well being.


Innovation and Your Inner Animal by Dana Meyer

When we think of innovation, we often think of intelligence, brilliance, and genius. Yet two speakers at the World Innovation Forum highlighted the large and less-rational depths of the human mind. Inside us all is an inner animal that significantly influences the path of innovation.


Predicting the future of innovation by Mark Swiecichowski

Imagine you’re a CEO in the year 2030. You are chairing a strategy meeting where someone puts up a slide with these bullet points on it.


Building Open Innovation Communities: Make it User-friendly by Stefan Lindegaard

In a previous post, Who’s Your Target, I shared some criticism on Psion’s Ingenuity Working site. The site should improve and one of the key issues was the navigation and thus ease of use.


Innovating Meaning by Tim Kastelle

Often when we someone asks us to describe a product or a service, we tell them about features. What does it do? How does it do it?

This is a mistake. Products and services are not about features – they are about meaning, and they are about getting jobs done.

A Great Boss is Confident, But Not Really Sure by Robert I. Sutton via Ralph Ohr

Recently, I posted a list of 12 Things Good Bosses Believe. Now I’m following up by delving into each one of them. This post is about the sixth belief: “I strive to be confident enough to convince people that I am in charge, but humble enough to realize that I am often going to be wrong.”

Seeding innovation in the water sector by Ideo

Some 1.2 billion people worldwide are drinking unsafe water. Although many organizations purify water for entire communities in the developing world, women and children often walk long distances to transport it — and it often becomes contaminated during the trip. From retrieval to consumption, water’s journey is complex and provides ample opportunities for improvement. Acumen Fund and IDEO, with backing from the Gates Foundation, joined forces to tackle the issues of water transport and storage.


Creativity and Entrepreneurship in the Global Environment – A breakout session with Professor Teresa M. Amabile

This panel of entrepreneurs engages in an active discussion about creativity and entrepreneurship both at start-ups and in a corporate setting.