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Peter,

This jump started my day, thank you. When I read your first point I think of the role of assumptions in the utilization of knowledge. Which puts me on an interesting path of investigation.

In your second thought I am prompted to reveal my suspicion that even when we do ask questions, the lie is embedded in them or it's the wrong question. We ask it on purpose, to get to the answer we want. Having channel reality as convenient, we now stick to that POV. The hunger remains.

Control is a big issue. Entire job descriptions are wrapped around the idea of gatekeeper and filter -- as if the truth were not self evident. My other thought here is in the post industrial commercial treadmill, getting off the corporate program can cause a lot of disruption. "I got bills to pay" I hear often enough. And I do, too.

I'm not quite sure I get your last part. One thing is for sure, innovation more than an imperative has become a buzz word.

Hi Valeria,

A couple of thoughts:


First thought

I associate innovation with the idea of a learning difficulty. An inability to accept the truth.

It's as if you have to hold everything without judgment and then at a point you put the fragments of experience, observation, knowledge, relationships etc together in such a way that when you look around your surprised that the whole world doesn't put the pieces together that way.

But the world doesn't put them together that way because each piece has a separate existence. The MBA all to often provides the instructions on how you put them together.

How do you teach/learn such a fundamental learning disability.

Second thought

The rise of innovation as a concept seems to have occurred at the same time that questions became unfashionable.

Business love ideas (innovation) but hates thoughts (questions ).

I notice this a lot. I see far more answers to things than I ever see questions (perhaps I'm not looking in the right place).

Perhaps the reason we keep coming back to re-interpreting innovation and re-stating its importance is because the answers, though intellectually satisfying, leave us hungry.


Third Thought

To what extent is the pre-occupation and constant re-interpretation of innovation a symptom of corporate ill health and an unwillingness to recognise that corporate death is fundamental for progress.

Does the intitutionalisation of big "I" Innovation within larger corporates limit the opportunity for much bigger innovations throughout the market.

Is "I"nnovation an obstacle to the evolution of our companies and markets. Is big "I"nnovation holding us back from what could/should be.


Fourth Thought

As an aside, I'm curious as to the way society treats innovation in business and politics. Radical change in the design and nature of a business is called innovation but change in the nature and design of politics is sedition.


Peter

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the over capitalisation of intellect within the corporate environment
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like so many contemporary themes of business, are becoming like business plans. Caught in a cycle of re-interpretation and re-statement. And like so many business plans dissassociated from the cause and effect that is the direction of the business.

For me the in innovation has become repugnant.


Ben,

Glad you could come in and join the conversation. You are making a great point in a new way. People inside organizations fill the void with their stories and that is your brand, too. In addition to that they translate their understanding of strategies into tactics (another reason why talent is crucial) in a way that may yes, be aligned with what the organization intent is, but still personal and unique to their skill sets and POV.

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