Education is undergoing massive transformation. New models that nurture individual talents, creativity, and diversity are replacing outdated norms that focused on conformity and rigid structure. One great example of this shift is Mission U in San Francisco, which has successfully introduced a new form of higher education, emulating the concept I proposed in my book ‘Slingshot’. Here is another exciting illustration, this one from India.
In my book ‘Slingshot’, I made mention of the first known casualty of the automobile. The person in question was Bridgett Driscoll, who was struck by a vehicle at Crystal Palace, England in 1986 by a car travelling at 4 mph. At the time, people could not conceive that this would not be the first and last of such accidents. The story is a vivid illustration of the fast pace of progress and paradigm shifts.
Professor Jamie Anderson, my co-author on a series of articles focusing on the important role of humor in leadership, recently delivered a TEDx presentation on this very topic.
I recently gave an interview for www.GroSum.com , focused on how to unleash creativity in organizations.
One of the most powerful illustrations of corporate adaptability is for a company to disrupt its own business model or core offering. This is done in order to stay relevant in the face of changing lifestyles, technologies, and market conditions, requiring extreme strategic flexibility. A case in point was Apple’s move to kill the iPod in 2007, just seven years after its launch, by introducing the iPhone. And Ikea, the Swedish furniture giant, has given us another great example.