If you’re trying to make yourself more creative, maybe you’re focusing too much on yourself. The way to become more creative is to look outwards, to embed yourself more effectively in innovative social networks that I call “collaborative webs”. That’s the message emerging from an interdisciplinary group of psychologists, cognitive scientists, and computer scientists. They… Read More It’s not about you
I’ve just been reading a fascinating new doctoral dissertation by a recent Ph.D. from Washington University’s Olin School of Business: Chihmao Hsieh, now a professor at the University 0f Missouri. He asks a fascinating question about innovation: what is the structure of successful new ideas? If that sounds abstract, I’ll try to explain by drawing… Read More The Structure of Good Ideas
I’m a big fan of collaboration. All the research shows that significant innovations emerge from collaborative groups, not from solitary loners. And I emphasize this message when I give talks to corporate audiences. But more than once or twice now, someone in the audience will ask: “Do you think competition will kill creativity?” You might… Read More Does competition kill creativity?
Back in Boston for my 25th MIT reunion, I had my first chance to visit the Frank Gehry designed Stata Center. After exploring the building, I came to the conclusion that this controversial building is widely misunderstood. From the exterior, some people say it looks as if a crazy architect dropped a pile of kid’s… Read More The building that threw up on itself
Call it collective intelligence, Web 2.0, swarming, or crowdsourcing—we’re supposed to be a new kind of world where collaboration and loosely structured groups always win. So why are senior executives making so much more than everyone else? Last Friday the New York Times reported that Office Depot CEO Steve Odland made $12 million, which is… Read More High executive pay and the collaborative economy