In this short piece in SIGNAL Magazine I make the case for the value of historical analysis as preparation for innovation. Look to history for lessons learned and approaches to problem-solving. From this approach, you can avoid common pitfalls, discover patterns for successful problem-solving, and empathy for the endurance required for success as an innovator.
Recent announcements by Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter, regarding the development of Defense Innovation Units Experimental – in Silicon Valley, Boston, and now Austin, have inspired many in the Department of Defense, including myself, to consider how we too can deliver innovation. Given the need to modernize American military forces after nearly two decades of … More Creating Military Innovation Institutes
Much of one’s existence consists of a continuous effort to adapt. This is a basic survival principle. We learn, we discover, we change all in an effort to adjust to our environments and our changing desires. Organizations do the same – some better than others. As varied as the daily churn of many groups may … More Three Things Every Leader Should Understand About Creativity and Innovation