Weekly bits of interest - 6 June 2011

Developments and articles of interest from the last week:

  • Craig Thomler looks at the question of how agencies can manage the competing tensions and time-frames for responses in a social media world - the public sector responsibilities of deliberative, considered and comprehensive vs the need to be quick and responsive in social media channels.

  • Innovation is helped by diverse perspectives. Mark Miller discusses the value of cognitive diversity for innovation and the need for the innovation process to involve different thinking and different skills. "These traits can’t be fully accomplished by one individual…and nor can they be accomplished as effectively as possible via a like-minded team of innovators."[1. This quote is not covered by the Creative Commons licence or Commonwealth Copyright. From Mark E Miller "The Power of Cognitive Diversity on Innovation" 3 June 2011 accessed at http://www.business-strategy-innovation.com/wordpress/2011/06/the-power-of-cognitive-diversity-on-innovation-2/]

  • In this post John Steen looks at the concept of hedgehog and fox organisations - hedgehogs do fine if the world stands still, but if there is change they need to also have characteristics of the fox - wide-ranging and open to new ideas. "The trick is creating a balance in the organization where there can be a disciplined focus on core business as well as a space to explore new opportunities. Whether the hedgehog or fox is better is the wrong question. The better question is what is the right balance for a given organization. On other words, be a hedgefox."[2. This quote is not covered by the Creative Commons licence or Commonwealth Copyright. From John Steen "Be a HedgeFox!" 1 June 2011 accessed at http://timkastelle.org/blog/2011/06/be-a-hedgefox/]

  • In this piece, Jorge Barba discusses a little bets approach to innovation - where organisations make small, quick experiments that can fail (or succeed) quickly.

  • Jeffrey Phillips considers five types of innovation failure - opportunities not noticed, things noticed but rejected or ignored, talking but not doing anything about the opportunity, actually failing in the attempt to innovate, and innovations that fail after introduction.

As always, please feel free to identify any other developments or articles of interest in the comments below.