Can’t do cultures

Interne cultuur en hoe je je intern organiseert, hierarchy of juist een hele platte organisatie is van levensbelang voor innovatie en creativiteit.

In een dit artikel vond ik een mooie uitleg, waarom grote bedrijven en hun  hierarchy  een “Nee dat lukt toch niet” mentaliteit herbergen en daardoor innovatie in de kiem smoren.

Big companies have plenty of great ideas, but they do not innovate because they need a whole hierarchy of people to agree that a new idea is good in order to pursue it. If one smart person figures out something wrong with an idea — often to show off or to consolidate power — that’s usually enough to kill it.

Absoluut de moeite waard om verder te lezen trouwens.


A future of myriad microbusinesses?

After writing about big companies and innovation, how they should change their inner structure and culture in order to keep up, I found this 1998 Harvard business review;

Despite all the recent talk of decentralized management, empowered employees, and horizontal processes, the large industrial organization continues to dominate the economy today…… but we see sign of a counterphenomenon: the disintegration of the larger corporation.

“A future of myriad microbusinesses?” verder lezen

Big enterprises are you ready to innovate big?

As tech startups start to disrupt markets where enterprises ruled for decades, the need for innovation becomes bigger. Some turn to me and ask; “-Can you help us do lean customer development.” “-Can you help us think more visually.”  “-Can you help us be more like a lean startup.”  “-Can you help us be more innovative.” And although that first realization, by at least the one person that asks, that somethings need to change is a good start. It is no where enough for that company to stay on top. “Big enterprises are you ready to innovate big?” verder lezen

Hierarchy? We are becoming ‘social structured’, so should companies.

I’ve mentioned it before; hierarchy within companies something of the past rather than a sustainable structure for the future. I’ve seen companies struggle with structure when social media made its way into peoples lives, changing the way we connect to one another. Changing the way we can express thoughts, our ideas, our knowledge through these new networks of likeminded and interconnected individuals. The old structure of enterprises is not fit to handle this new socially structured, real-time communication. “Hierarchy? We are becoming ‘social structured’, so should companies.” verder lezen

Lessons given at Rockstart

I am a mentor at Rockstart, have been for a while now. I love working with the enthusiastic startup teams. Apart from helping them with visual thinking and strategy, I am mainly a mentor in lean, giving sessions and workshops on Customer development. Here is a video compilation from one of these sessions.