Daniel Pink on the surprising science of motivation

6. August 2010

Daniel Pink, der ausgezeichnete Autor von z.B. “A whole new mind” hat ein neues buch geschrieben über Motivation 3.0. “Drive”. Er gab dazu eine noch dazu lustige (weil ein American in Oxford) Präsentation.


Google Wave Decision Shows Strong Innovation Management

6. August 2010

11:26 AM Thursday August 5, 2010
by Karim R. Lakhani  | Comments ( 11)

Some tech pundits were surprised that Google decided to shut down Wave yesterday just a year after its launch and chastised the company for its decision. But I’m not surprised and I applaud the company’s decision to pull the plug after it was clear the market wasn’t interested in Wave. From my vantage point as someone who studies innovation, Google’s decision was exactly the right move and provides some very important lessons for managing innovation in both small and large organizations.

The first lesson, of course, is that uncertainty haunts all innovation attempts. Charles Kettering, inventor and VP of R&D and Board Member of GM (1920-1947) famously noted that when it comes to innovation: “You don’t know when you are going to get the thing, whether its going to work or not and whether its going to have any value whatsoever.” In essence Kettering implied that any innovation attempt faces a combination of temporal, technical and market uncertainty. Even a company like Google, recognized for its wealth of intellectual talent in its employees, was not able to figure out before hand if there would be a market for Wave. Some types of uncertainties are simply not resolvable before the fact, and the only true way to find out is to make the investment and launch an innovative product in the market place. Google should be applauded and rewarded for pioneering a risky project and publicly launching it so that it can learn from the market.
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The Art of Leading Well

6. August 2010

 9:00 AM Monday August 2, 2010  | 

Featured Guest: Warren Bennis, professor at the University of Southern California and author of Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership.

An interesting Audio Interview. http://blogs.hbr.org/ideacast/2010/08/the-art-of-leading-well.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+harvardbusiness+%28HBR.org%29