Failure* should be part of your CV (*= fast intelligent failure)

Now that’s a statement that might cause a few recruitment consultants and career coaches to splutter into their skinny macchiato. Surely its all about winning and trumpeting your success, isn’t it? Admitting to failure, and claiming it as some sort of achievement is a pretty alien concept. In many organisations the approach to failure is […]

Jefferson’s Taper. A 200 year old perspective on the internet?

This is a real gem from 200 years ago that has a great deal of relevance today. Thomas Jefferson made the following reference to the ‘taper’ (a candle) in a letter to Isaac McPherson, August 1813. “He who receives ideas from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at […]

Experts are great……. you just have to keep them in their box.

This is something a former boss of mine used to say. I realise it has the potential to upset a few people (particularly experts); please don’t get offended just yet. This post Is Best Practice the Enemy of Innovation generated a bit of discussion that got me digging deeper into the role of experts in […]

Is Best Practice the Enemy of Innovation?

Here’s a confession. Before I go to bed I like to watch an episode of How It’s Made. There is something very soothing about manufacturing processes. The logical sequence, efficient systems, robotic arms, complete repeatability, high levels of certainty and quality products are like a comfort blanket before I go to sleep. Unfortunately the world […]