While some of these resolutions look “simple” at first sight, they are actually quite radical and very recommendable, especially if you work in a large cooperation. This is typically where each of those three things gets easily ignored or lost.
Daniel Pink cites these resolutions from the book “Practically Radical” by William C. Taylor (co-founder of FastCompany).
- I resolve to help my organization (and me personally) become ‘the most of something’ in my field. It’s not good enough to be ‘pretty good’ at everything. The most successful organizations (and people) are the most of something—the most elite, the most affordable, the most elaborate, the most approachable. For so long, companies were content operating in the middle of the road. Today, with so much change, so much pressure, so many new ways to do everything, the middle of the road has become to road to nowhere. What are you the most of?
- I resolve to embrace a sense of vuja dé. We’ve all experienced déjà vu—looking at an unfamiliar situation and feeling like you’ve seen it before. Vuja dé is the flip side of that—looking at a familiar situation (an industry you’ve worked in for decades, problems you’ve worked on for years) as if you’ve never seen it before, and, with that fresh line of sight, developing a distinctive point of view on the future. The challenge for all of us is that too often, we let what we know limit what we can imagine. This is the year to face that challenge head-on.
- I resolve to look for new ideas in new places. The more I study innovation, the less enamored I become of ‘benchmarking’ the competition. What good is it to compare yourself against ‘best practice’ in your field, especially if ‘best practice’ isn’t that great to begin with? The most creative leaders aspire to learn from people and organizations far outside their field as a way to shake things up and make real change. Strategies and practices that are routine in one industry can be revolutionary when they migrate to another field. Do you have new ideas about where to look for new ideas?