Monday, June 11, 2007

Look To The Inexeperience Curve

With business audio books an important point needs to really stand out and catch you, because before you know it the reader is on to the next segment. This concept stood out for me the other day while listening to Maverics at Work.

As a leader probably one of the most important things you can do is to walk in stupid every day. You need to keep challenging the organization and yourself to seek out unexpected ideas, outside influences, and new perspectives on old problems. Every day something changes. Look to the inexperience curve. The more you know about something, the more important it is to challenge assumptions and habits that built your success in that area. This will help you think in a new light and drive innovation in your organization.

(By the way - don't confuse leader with manager - they are not related. You don't have to manage people to be a leader in your organization.)


Justin Beller said...

Managers and leaders are not one in the same, just as wants and needs are not one in the same.

The inexperience curve you speak of reminds me a lot of a book I'm currently reading called The Innovation Killer by Cynthia Barton Rabe. The premise of the book is basically this: what we know CAN hurt us. The filters we put up to support the innovation process really do more harm than good. It's those, "We've done it before!" statements that keep us from making breakthroughs. Most of this is just due to human nature.

I like your suggestion - walk in stupid every day. That's one way to tear down a filter that can kill innovation.

Kristine Gunn said...

I would concur that "walking in stupid every day" is a brilliant mindset. However, the challenge is fostering a culture that is fully capable of making it happen. One such practice that I've found tremendously valuable is the installation of Disruption Days. I discovered this powerful process in Jean-Marie Dru's thought provoking book, "How Disruption Brought Order." Of course, the objective is to come up with disruptions, but the real work starts with bringing the conventions to the table to be challenged with exercises, questions and "what if" scenario's that stimulate innovation. It's the perfect antidote for savvy teams looking to leverage the power of the inexperience curve.