The ability to examine biases is the key to opening up new solution spaces.
All too often, we may jump to old so-called truths and conclusions that provide a false sense of comfort. Openness and being able to challenge our own long-held principles will help with opening up paths and new solutions.
I’ve admired R. Buckminster Fuller’s work for quite some time. He was an American architect who developed many ideas, designs and inventions. Most particularly, I know him as the patent owner of the structure of a geodesic dome.
This Buckminster Fuller quote is the key to successful radical innovative change in business:
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. – R. Buckminster Fuller
I recently attended a Vivaldi concert that made me think about different styles of leadership and teamwork.
In a classical concert, the orchestra is led by the conductor, the musicians are following ‘the script’, reading and playing the scores, abiding all the rules. There’s little room for spontaneity and improvisation … though the conductor’s interpretation of the piece may create something different, something unique.
In a jazz act, there’s room for improvisation, a player can jump in or quit at some point. This sense of freedom may create something totally unexpected and unique – for both the musicians and the audience.
One is not better than the other, though the latter is certainly closer to my liking when it comes to music – and business.