"Genius is in-born, may it never be still-born."

"Oysters, irritated by grains of sand, give birth to pearls. Brains, irritated by curiosity, give birth to ideas."

"Brainpower is the bridge to the future; it is what transports you from wishful thinking to willful doing."

"Unless you keep learning & growing, the status quo has no status."

Monday, July 12, 2010


"... In particular, we must regrind our lenses to monitor the periphery, that is, the edges, of our business. At these edges lie our richest opportuntiies for value creation & our strongest protection against value destruction...

If we adjust our lenses accordingly, then we will begin to see something remarkable: The edges will reshape & eventually transform the core..."

~ business strategist John Hagel III & scientist John Seely Brown, writing in their wonderful book, 'The Only Sustainable Edge: Why Business Strategy Depends on Productive Friction & Dynamic Specialization';

[I like the authors' battle cry: "Embrace the edge or Perish"!

From my understanding: "The edge" refers to the edge of the enterprise; boundaries of matured markets as well as industries; geographic edges of emerging economies; demographic edges between generations (old & new); & the edges of special domains of knowledge;

The "core" has two meanings: At one level, it refers to the inside of the enterprise - the core capabilities that determine our business success. At a global scale, it refers to the developed economies.

On both levels, the emerging patterns on the edges will force us - & help us - to rethink & reconfigure our core activities;

By the way, the two authors have a new book, 'The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion', which I have yet to procure & read.

Nonetheless, readers can also pop into their 'Edge Perspectives' website to download some interesting e-books, which explore some of the edge-themes in the foregoing book.

For me, as far as innovations from reading & observation are concerned, both futurists Joel Arthur Barker & Peter Schwartz, as far back as the nineties, had often referred to the significance of "the fringe", while innovation strategist Wayne Burkan took a different spin when he talked about fringe competitors, disgruntled or lost customers & rogue employees;

Interestingly, today, Joel Arthur Barker revels about "innovation at the verge".]

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