He explained how he sees the world as BI (before internet) and AI (after internet) because the Internet presented such a radically different production system.
Here are things he believes are needed to thrive in the AI world, with my own loose paraphrasing of what they mean. They are great statements, to which anyone can draw on, apply their own examples, meanings and critiques.
Practice over Theory
Innovation = now. Do something now and if it works go back and develop the theory. The cost of innovation is low, so you can afford to work this way. The theory first method is a necessity of the BI system in which it was very expensive to take such chances.
An obsession with measuring, is a sign that you might be out of touch, because it means you have a probably have a theory to prove, which means you feel you are smarter than the person in the trenches doing the practice.
Systems over Objects
Focus on making the system work and the rest falls into place.
Disobedience over Compliance
“You don’t win a nobel prize for doing what you are told”.
In BI production, you need people to function as part of the machine being out of sync or otherwise different would cause break down of the entire system would break. With computers doing most of the menial labor in the workplace you now need everyone to be a creative worker.
Emergence over Authority
This is another way of saying grass-roots or bottom up instead of top down.
Risk over Safety
Remember, the cost of innovation is low financially. You can try lots of things fairly cheaply now. The only risk is fear of personal failures. Get over it!
If you plan everything you are not leaving room for the serendipity crucial to innovation.
Over-mitigating risk has a major downside, it limits learning and doesn’t build resilience.
Resilience over Strength
Developing an ability to keep going after set backs and perceived failures is what allows you to learn and develop the confidence to do new, bold, brilliant things.
Pull over Push
Work to draw what you need/want towards you don’t push yourself into it.
Compasses over Maps
It is more important for everyone on a team have the same general vision than be forced along the same path to get there. And also another way of implying that the map is not the destination.
If you are too focused and do not consider the periphery you will not be open to the pattern-recognition necessary for break-through thinking (or mushroom hunting!)
Learning over Education
“Learning is something you do for yourself, education is what is done to you.”
Encouraging people to be passionate and creative and discover things for themselves should be simple because is in our nature, all you have to do is NOT stamp it out.
What excited me most about this list is that what it ultimately outlines is the creative practice. And it echoes exactly the leadership through arts, approach we use at ALT Speakers . What is needed to be successful today and in the future? A creative practice, something everyone has the ability to develop and put to use in their personal and professional lives.