Random finds (2016, week 15) — On ambidexterity, innovation, and straddling different worlds

Ambidexterity, no doubt one of my favorite words

  • Companies need to get leaner and more agile. They need to de-layer and remove processes to get closer to their customers.
  • They could choose to work directly with the start-ups threatening to disrupt them. Unilever, for example, now pitches specific challenges to innovators. It is the company’s way of getting nearer to smaller, innovative businesses.
  • Buy an innovative and experimental ‘fast second’ company through which you can enter new markets. Microsoft took this approach when it bought Skype in 2011. Money and muscle can be used to bring innovation in.

The Old Man and The Fish

  • Sketches of Frank Gehry, a 2006 documentary by Sydney Pollack (his final film before his death in 2008) about Gehry’s life and work.

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Helping people in leadership positions master change and self-renewal — with wisdom & clarity of thought