This is SO WORTH an hour of your day – Robert Scoble interviewing John Kao about innovation. In fact, I may require every one of my students watch this. And suggest it be played at the Northern Short Course and the Southern Short Course.
Some quotes I pulled out of it:
People sometimes confuse creativity and innovation.
On General Motors and Detroit in general:
Change is hard. You have to drop a bomb on the complacency and mainstream culture of an established organization or you’re not going to get change. You cannot incrementally fix that kind of a problem … They mistake cool marketing and cool concepts for genuine change
Without visionary leadership and a new narrative you’ve got nothing. But even then it’s dicey. It’s a constant blocking and tacking, it’s like fighting entropy, you have to keep doing it.
And my favorite:
We always have this invitation to invent the future we want.