I’ve now written 14 Short Thoughts over at www.shortthoughts.co. Twelve of them this month – writes Scott Guthrie
Short thoughts are one-minute reads about change and creativity in management.
They aren’t shallow thoughts. They are quick thoughts. Ones to be continued. To be expanded upon later. To be polished elsewhere. They are work in progress. They’re designed to stimulate thought.
Here’s last week’s round up. Let me know what you think.
“Knowledge is power” runs the cliché. But in the industrial age of command and control hierarchy this line meant: guard knowledge; hoard it. Be a knowledge miser.
Stuck in a rut?
Even worse, perhaps you are stuck in a rut but don’t yet realise it.
“Habitualization devours work, clothes, furniture, one’s wife, and the fear of war”. So said Victor Shklovsky in his 1917 essay ‘Art as Technique’.
Technology, consumer behaviour and market demand are all shifting sands along the social age’s tide.
Firms have to be nimble to survive and prosper. This is a state-of-mind shift. An ethos. It means becoming a learning organisation. One which recognises change as the only constant.
Giving new ideas the run of the house.
New ideas can be like anxious guests – worried about putting their hosts to too much effort. But ideas need to be welcomed. Given the run of the house. If not, they’ll quickly make their excuses and leave.
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