Disruptive technologies and business models
Today, the majority of the start-ups in Silicon Valley no longer are tech companies. The ruthless new-borns are there to disrupt entire industries: it is rife with pioneers that are aiming to shake up the world of healthcare, medicine and many more.
- Disobedience over compliance
- Pull over push
- Compasses over maps
- Emergence over authority
- Learning over education
- Resilience over strength
- Systems over objects
- Risk over safety
- Practice over theory
Resilience over strength
The conference model is a great system. A lot of people have experimented with ways to try to share knowledge, but it seems to be one of the hardest problems because everybody has a day-job, they are very busy, and people are talking sort of different languages, and when you are face to face you can coordinate your language in real-time
How to you get people who are working on things coordinated?
At the Media Lab we have several approaches: we have this sort of big data, data mining, machine learning, predicting things through causalities and patterns vs something where people are more in charge and people are more active.
From authoritative to creative leadership
“The natural perspective of artists and designers — who thrive in ambiguity, fail productively, and rebound naturally — will be become more and more useful in leadership contexts.”
The chart was originally created for a workshop at the Davos World Economic Forum in 2009 and became the basis of ‘Redesigning Leadership’ written with Becky Bermont.
There are authoritative leaders and creative leaders everywhere — it’s not something wholly determined by industry, generation, or position. And every leader will need, on any given day, a little bit of both types of leadership.
By granting power to people in gaining personal control and in becoming personally responsible for their actions, we are at the same time granting them real freedom to become true equals and fully human beings.
It is not difficult to understand that being an object of delegation and a recipient of giving (as a token of shared power), a person can naturally feel the humiliating bitterness engendered by being a powerless and subservient receiver and not having the authority in exercising personal freedom.
The result of this type of submissive role-behaviour, would possible entail the undermining of self-esteem, self-worth, and self-respect.
The most obvious flaw in the context of power concentration in the hands of persons in charge of others is the assumption that delegated responsibility is analogous to a commodity that can be shared among individuals or groups.