Everything is changing ... people are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.
Innovation, as far as we're concerned, is one of the key drivers of everything that goes on in business ... I wouldn't have the nerve to get up in front of a group of sophisticated people and say something that didn't relate to the world that actually is.
Sage advice for Innovation
Eight good-manager behaviors ...
1. Be a good coach.
2. Empower your team and don't micro-manage.
3. Express interest in team members' success and personal well-being.
4. Be productive and results-oriented.
5. Be a good communicator and listen to your team.
6. Help your employees with career development.
7. Have a clear vision and strategy for the team.
8. Have key technical skills so you can advise the team.
Three manager pitfalls ...
1. Have trouble moving from individual contributor to team leader.
2. Lack a consistent approach to performance management and reviews.
3. Spend too little time managing and communicating.
Conventional wisdom says that to beat your competitors, you need to one-up them: if they have four features, you need five (or fifteen, or twenty- five) ... So what could you do instead? Do less than your competitors to beat them: Solve the simple problems and leave the hairy, difficult, nasty problems to the competition ... instead of one-upping, try one-downing ... instead of outdoing, try underdoing.
Our culture celebrates the idea of the workaholic ... Not only is this workaholism unnecessary, it’s stupid. Working more doesn’t mean you care more or get more done. It just means you work more ... If all you do is work, you’re unlikely to have sound judgments. Your values and decision-making wind up skewed. You stop being able to decide what’s worth extra effort and what’s not.
The process of technological developments is like building a cathedral. Over the course of several hundred years, new people come along and each lays down a block on top of the old foundations, each saying, ‘I built a cathedral.’ Next month another block is placed atop the previous one. Then comes along an historian who asks, ‘Well, who built the cathedral?’ Peter added some stones here, and Paul added a few more. If you are not careful you can con yourself into believing that you did the most important part. But the reality is that each contribution has to follow onto previous work. Everything is tied to everything else.
Between the dawn of civilization and 2003, we only created five exabytes of data [5 thousand gigabytes]; now we’re creating that amount every two days ... by 2020, that figure is predicted to sit at 53 zettabytes (53 trillion gigabytes), an increase of 50 times. ... data is like food: we used to be calorie poor and now the problem is obesity; we used to be data poor, now the problem is data obesity!