If I had an hour to solve a problem, I’d spend 55 minutes surfing the web and chatting with my office mates. I might also get a refill on my coffee. They have the nice hazelnut creamers here, which I enjoy. Then, I would pick up the phone and call Al to see what he’s thinking. He’s usually got something good cooking in the idea department.
Mo Einstein, Albert’s younger brother
The above was inspired by Albert Einstein’s now-famous quote…
If I had an hour to solve a problem I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.
Part twelve of the series finds the Idea Mill Program for collaborative innovation bearing fruit in authentic, unexpected ways. Do we have the courage to nurture the right environment in the knowledge—the faith—that good outcomes will result? That people will see the chance to realize their potential for leadership, and take it?
Lastly, is it wise, ever, to order the vegetarian special menu for lunch at the local watering hole that features scenes from the hunt on its walls?
There’s something gleefully inefficient about receiving the Yellowed Pages.
Consider: a young man trudges through the snow to our front door. He delivers the two-pound tome with a reassuring thud on the cement. Hearing a noise, we glance outside. We dutifully retrieve the book. We unwrap it. Surprise!
We immediately, in one graceful motion, consign it to our recycling bin. A couple days later, our trash man takes it from us as he makes his rounds in the neighborhood. The waste disposal company recycles the paper into… what?
It’s a belief of mine that, for the past ten years, we have been receiving the same recycled Yellow Pages, again and again. Ma Bell meets Groundhog Day.
It’s unclear to me why we struggle to achieve full employment in the U.S. with the benefit of these processes in place.
Part ten of the series finds challenge team members Ivete Monte and Carlos Suerte comparing notes. How has the first collaborative innovation challenge from the Idea Mill Program been received in their respective regions? What reservations does each have?