2 thoughts on “Creative Thinking and Disruptive Innovation

  • July 16, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Douglas, I agree. I’ve found that most people who are experts have developed ‘rules of thumb’ and implicit assumptions that are never challenged. If someone comes along from outside with a new approach they get dismissed. It’s particularly interesting if you are also trying to raise money – because the financiers inevitably employ industry experts to vet the business proposal!

    As an example, I looked at the area of waste to energy and realised there was a new way to think about it. Without really inventing anything, just combining existing technologies in a new way, I’ve come up with a level of efficiency that experienced engineers, applying the usual ‘rule of thumb’ calculation, can’t be achieved. We’ve now convinced a few, but it’s easier to see us as non-expert charlatans than revise their thinking for most of them.

    Many businesses could radically change their finances for the better just by looking for and challenging implicit assumptions in the way things are done – and many disruptive startups could get going.

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  • July 17, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Wait, are we really going to treat Naveen Jain as an expert? This is the same Naveen Jain who was convicted of insider trading while he headed his previous company and whose current firm has been hit by multiple class action lawsuits for violating consumer protection laws. Should we really be treating Naveen Jain as an expert? This is the same Naveen Jain who was convicted of insider trading as he headed his last company, and whose current company has been hit with multiple class action lawsuits for violating consumer protection laws. I’m sorry, but I’ll stick with Malcolm Gladwell. http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/techflash/2009/10/intelius_hit_with_class_action_lawsuit.html?page=all

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