On Innovation

I found this very interesting paragraph from the book “The Myths Of Innovation” by Scott Berkun:

What advice would typical executives give Stephen Hawking, one of the brightest living minds, if he worked for them? Would they ask him to write daily status reports? Defend his action items from PowerPoint slides at team debrief meetings? Of similar curiosity is whether Steve Wozniak, Albert Einstein, or Isaac Newton ever filled out time cards, wrote performance reviews, or had their ideas ranked on scorecards by committees of middle managers. Could you imagine Mozart, da Vinci, or Marie Curie sitting next to each other, taking notes, at an all day company-wide event? It’s hard to see any of these commonplace situations working out well for the prospect of innovation.

This is related to my previous post.


If Einstein was a Manager

I don’t think he will be effective. He is much better as a scientist. That is his strength.

I believe that there are people really much suited for the job. They have the skills necessary to interact with people and to coordinate.

I am a technically inclined person. Being in management is something very hard to imagine. I might make a very bad job out of it.