With the uncertainty of disruptive innovation threatening nearly every industry, I offer three "compass-like mantras" that have come out of our recent work on Innovation at IMD:
- More ideas are always better than fewer;
- More minds are always better than fewer; and
- More different minds are always better than the same minds.
Lest anyone think that I have lost my mind in my advocation of "more rather than less" ideas, I want to argue that over the course of my career in innovation I have met few [none?] organizations that suffer from having too many good ideas. Admittedly, there are times and places where making a choice and moving-on is necessary; but all too often what I see is a discomfort for new ideas in the face of enthusiasm for -- action: "Ready, Fire, Aim" as the metaphor for organizational decision making around innovation; and that's what these mantras may, in fact, be most helpful in resisting.
The image of the dancing Shiva that accompanies this post was taken in my home and is used in recollection of J. Robert Oppenheimer's recital of words from the Bhagavad-Gita on the occasion of the detonation of the first Atomic bomb: July 16. 1945.