In a review of some of the things we’ve bookmarked this week are these trending items.
GOOD magazine offers some thoughts on performance metrics for innovating organizations, suggesting that “stories are indicative of a capacity and behavior… It is this behavior that is valuable as much as the specific outcome of the innovation or project… the right behaviors lead to the most valuable outcomes.”
In his periodic column in the Wall Street Journal, Gary Hamel continues his look at the impacts of organizational inertia. “Like a fast-spinning gyroscope that can’t be easily unbalanced, successful organizations spin around the axis of unshakeable beliefs and well-rehearsed routines—and it typically takes a dramatic outside force to destabilize the self-reinforcing system of policies and practices.”
Sometimes, of course, more active agents of destruction are at work.
And somewhere along the way I came across this, one of the more delightful examples of the role of design coursing through virtually every component of a business.
The story of a start up, TCHO says there are “Lots of ways to tell the story of the 1.0s. Let’s start with dreams. Dreams of a lifetime, or, more precisely, lifetimes: co-founders Timothy Childs’s and Karl Bittong’s, the dreams that drove them to quit the Shuttle program to make chocolate, or to devote 42 years building chocolate factories around the world.”
A copy of one of their videos is over there in my sidebar, but it’s much better on their site.
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