Innovation starts with the heart—with a passion for improving the lives of those around you. When the iPad was introduced, Jony Ive, Apple’s head of design, talked about his passion for creating things that seemed “magical”—that were so far beyond what any customer might have imagined, they seemed like wizardry. You don’t achieve this by paying attention to customers, by putting them first, or even delighting them. You do it by setting out to amaze them—and it all begins with an attitude.
You have to be achingly eager to do whatever can be done, within the limits of physics and economics, to raise the quantum of human happiness in the world.
“Yes,” you say, “but in business, we have to be pragmatic. We have to focus on things that can actually be accomplished.” Fair enough, but often, we are blindly pragmatic. We are so conservative, so utilitarian, so process-focused, so data-driven, so obsessed with meager efficiencies, that we can scarcely dream of doing something “insanely great”—to borrow one of Steve Jobs’ favorite phrases.
Our #MIXMashup Twitter feed crackled with energy throughout the event. In review, it offers up a vibrant collective picture of the highlights, big ideas, special moments, and little details. To make it easy for you to relive the event, we’ve culled through thousands of clever tweets to come up with an abridged Tweet Report.
These represent the ideas you swarmed around and that resonated throughout the day. Along with the big insights, we were gratified to see so many tweets about the energizing connections, enlivening setting, nourishing food, and refreshing design.
Large organizations of all types suffer from an assortment of congenital disabilities that no amount of incremental therapy can cure. First, they are inertial. They are frequently caught out by the future and seldom change in the absence of a crisis. Deep change, when it happens, is belated and convulsive, and typically requires an overhaul of the leadership team. Absent the bloodshed, the dynamics of change in the world’s largest companies aren’t much different from what one sees in a poorly-governed, authoritarian regime—and for the same reason: there are few, if any, mechanisms that facilitate proactive bottom-up renewal.
Second, large organizations are incremental . Despite their resource advantages, incumbents are seldom the authors of game-changing innovation. It’s not that veteran CEOs discount the value of innovation; rather, they’ve inherited organizational structures and processes that are inherently toxic to break-out thinking and relentless experimentation. Strangely, most CEOs seem resigned to this fact, since few, if any, have tackled the challenge of innovation with the sort of zeal and persistence they’ve devoted to the pursuit operational efficiency. Their preferred strategy seems to be to acquire young companies that haven’t yet lost their own innovation mojo (but upon acquisition most likely will)....
The full agenda for the 2014 MIX Mashup (November 18-20, 2014) is posted. It’s going to be two days of agenda-setting thinking and in-the-trenches storytelling around such questions as: How do we change the way we change ? What will it take to (finally) kill bureaucracy ? How can you embed innovation ? How do you hack management?
If you’re not already excited to spend two days with the most pioneering leaders, courageous hackers, and agenda-setting thinkers reinventing organizations, here are TEN reasons not to miss this year’s event :
We’re delighted to announce several new speakers for this year’s MIX Mashup (New York City | November 18-20, 2014) .
First up: Denise Young Smith, Apple's head of human resources and a new force for post-bureaucratic practices inside the company, will talk about what it takes to cultivate a switched-on community of contributors at every level—and what a true culture of inclusion looks like.
We are getting revved up for MIX Mashup 2014—and we hope you are too. We’re working hard to develop a program and create an experience that’s even more powerful and rewarding than our inaugural event.
We’ll be featuring the most provocative and pioneering thinkers and leaders reinventing organizations and changing the way we change; we'll go deep into the insights and lessons learned by in-the-trenches management innovators, and we'll not only inspire, but equip you to launch your own experiments and make a real impact in your own organizations and the wider world.
Today, we’re delighted to share some of the speakers we have lined up for you, as well as some of the core themes we’ll be exploring together.
There is a lingering notion in the world of business and beyond that organizations are things with four walls, that employees are people who report to work inside them every day for years on end, that work is a matter of executing on defined “KPIs,” and that success is a product of climbing ladders and exerting an ever-greater span of control.
Heiko Fischer , founder and Chief Resourceful Human at Resourceful Humans Consulting
Tuesday May 20, 2014 at 8am PT/11am ET/5pm CET
What if our organizations were as human—as resilient, inventive, and inspiring—as the human beings who work inside them?
Heiko Fischer has been working at the frontlines of that question for years—first inside a range of organizations and now as the “Chief Resourceful Human” leading a movement to create “100% Democratic Entrepreneurship, 0% Bureaucracy” in every kind of organization.
Join us for a lively session on:
Hacking HR: learn how Heiko and his team designed themselves out of a job and distributed the work of HR into the line at Europe’s largest videogame company Minimum dose management: how do you spread autonomy and accountability across an organization and create a truly participatory, collaborative, and high-functioning operation? The future of leadership: what is the work of leadership when power is distributed and autonomy and accountability are the ruling principles How to hack: how do you get started where you are? How do you stage small-scale...
We are at a genuine inflection point when it comes to how we organize human effort to productive ends. In this creative and disruptive economy, where the challenge is to inspire and mobilize the full imagination, initiative, and passion of every single person, every single day, leaders must rethink their organization’s boundaries, redesign work, redefine the work of leadership, and re-jigger their measure of value.
Specifically, organizations that are built to thrive in the 21 st century must focus both on unleashing human capacity —designing environments and systems for work that inspire individuals to contribute their full imagination, initiative, and passion—and on aggregating human capability —leveraging new social, mobile, and digital technologies to activate, enlist, and organize talent across boundaries.
Those are the twin challenges we tackled with the Unlimited Human Potential M-Prize . We put out the call for the most progressive practices and innovative ideas for unleashing human capability . And we asked, how can we tap into emerging digital technologies and the principles that undergird them (such as transparency, collaboration, meritocracy, openness, community and autonomy) to create organizations that are truly fit for human beings?
Management innovators and hackers from all over the world...
We are delighted to announce this year’s MIX Mashup : three days of the most progressive thinkers, disruptive ideas, and powerful practices making our organizations fit for the future—and fit for human beings.
This year, the MIX Mashup will be held in New York City on November 18-20, 2014 .
The MIX Mashup gathers the vanguard of management innovators —pioneering leaders, productive rebels, courageous experimenters, and agenda-setting thinkers from every realm of endeavor. The event is designed to showcase advanced thinking and ambitious experiments—and to inspire, equip, and connect aspiring management innovators in the collective project of reinventing management for a new age.
Let’s face it, there is a whole lot more enthusiasm for making organizations more open, dynamic, and free than there is progress. Why? Control has been the iron fist behind too many organizations for too long. And unleashing freedom inside them requires dismantling deeply-embedded management principles and practices. Of course, it’s not an either/or proposition. The real trick—and the far greater degree of difficulty—is reimagining organizations, redesigning work, redefining leadership and rethinking the measure of value in a way that transcends the tradeoff between freedom and control.
Thanks to the emerging ecosystem of digital, mobile, social technologies and the principles that undergird them—including openness, community, collaboration, experimentation, meritocracy, and autonomy—we can imagine organizations that are both large and human scale, efficient and flexible, disciplined and inspiring. And thanks to the participants in the Digital Freedom Challenge , we don’t have to just imagine them—we can explore dozens of real-world case studies and bold new approaches to dramatically expanding individual autonomy at work without compromising the ability to scale, coordinate, and get important things done together.
Today we are delighted to announce the winners of the Digital Freedom Challenge. But first, we’d like to thank the...
The Unlimited Human Potential Challenge is in full swing. We’ve got so many exciting Stories and Hacks in the pipeline—and such exciting rewards for those who contribute—that we’re extending the deadline.