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Does Goliath really stand a chance?

Consumed => “Why Innovation Dies” by Steve Blank on Forbes.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/groupthink/2012/05/01/why-innovation-dies

=> My value add (i.e., left a comment)…

“My bet is that there will be more people involved in this schools Strategy Committee then in the startups that find the solution.”

While this might be true, I have to wonder how many people are in the total number of startups addressing the issue and actively seeking disruption. Chances are a company of one is going to be quicker and more accepting of risk than a group of two, of two more agile than of three and so on. If the current playing field favors speed and lean, does Goliath really stand a chance?

Of course as the body count – oops, I meant head count – increases there’s the constraining psychological contribution of group think. A group – any group – develops a culture. The basis of a culture is an agreement on accepted standards and behaviors (i.e., the status quo). However, as we all agree, today’s standards can morph into tomorrow’s tunnel vision and/or a comfort zone riddled with blind spots. But how does one stop a culture from taking it’s natural path? Certainly it’s more than just a memo?

Traditional – and in the current climate a university is about as traditional as it gets – larger cultures (i.e., organizations) by definition come with baggage. Perhaps it’s not a question of too big to fail, but too big to succeed? While the theory of prescribing a mountain to act like an ant hill is entertaining, the reality is – try as you might – it might not be possible. Unless of course you disrupt the culture itself. But that’s probably another memo for another day, yes?

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