Monday, May 01, 2006

The Next Big Thing

I found myself reading Alex Cameron's post, "If we don’t know where we are going – then where is The Next Big Thing?" on EDS's Next Big Thing Blog and was stimulated to comment as follows.

The Next Big Thing is indeed a technological manifestation of leading and innovating. No, we cannot we predict what TNBT will be or from where it will come except that the source will be a person (or group of people) and quite often not the person we might expect. A person who appears to have been following will surprise us by taking the lead and solving the problem while immediately before, s/he had been implementing rather than innovating. If all this is true we have some important clues to the source of TNBT.

Let's make a shift in our assumptions and propose that all followers are potential leaders and that all implementers are potential innovators. Also let's also propose that with respect to others a person can only be leading or following and with respect to their work they can only be innovating or implementing. This takes us to the idea that any person in the workplace is exhibiting at a given time some combination of leading or following and innovating or implementing.

As each of these is a desirable activity and the implied versatility is
very desirable. For lack of a better name lets say this person is exhibiting leadership! Yes, this is a different model of leadership but test it. Just imagine if this or something similar was pervasive in your organizations!

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