One of my favorite authors. The level of detail and unearthed stories are amazing. This book makes me wonder what it’s like to work in a truly collaborative environment, instead of a top-down, hierarchical organization.
- “A new idea comes suddenly and in a rather intuitive way,” Einstein once said, “but innovation is nothing but the outcome of earlier intellectual experience.”
- “Don’t worry about people stealing an idea, if it’s original you will have to ram it down their throats.”
- It reminds me of what the beaver told the rabbit as they stood at the base of the Hoover Dam: “No, I didn’t build it myself, but it’s based on an idea of mine.”
- There was a key lesson for innovation: Understand which industries are symbiotic so that you can capitalize on how they will spur each other on.
- Another key to fielding a great team is pairing visionaries, who can generate ideas, with operating managers, who can execute them. Visions without execution are hallucinations.
- The most successful endeavors in the digital age were those run by leaders who fostered collaboration while also providing a clear vision. Too often these are seen as conflicting traits: a leader is either very inclusive or a passionate visionary. But the best leaders could be both.
- Human creativity involves values, intentions, aesthetic judgments, emotions, personal consciousness, and a moral sense. These are what the arts and humanities teach us—and why those realms are as valuable a part of education as science, technology, engineering, and math.