Snippet: Creating new Vs Cultivating existing networks


“Given the powerful network effects exhibited by properties such as Facebook, and the walled garden inside which these platforms exist…, one thing companies should be quick to recognize is that if they are investing any more money than $0 in building their own version of Facebook or LinkedIn, they’re making a terrible, terrible mistake. Instead, firms should focus on extending their own applications to benefit from existing networks that their employees, contemporaries and clients have already spent time cultivating.” 



The power of networks

Another awesome animation from RSA that underlines the history of network thinking and sheds the light on the tremendous benefits that come from a networked outlook of the world.

The “I don’t know” Manifesto

 In our culture, not to know is to be at fault socially… People pretend to know lots of things they don’t know. Because the worst thing to do is appear to be uninformed about something, to not have an opinion… We should know the limits of our knowledge and understand what we don’t know, and be wiling to explore things we don’t know without feeling embarrassed of not knowing about them.

~ Sir Ken Robinson

“I don’t know” must be one of the most stigmatized sentences in the history of languages. Yet, these simple words are the gate to mind expansion, discovery and thereby growth. Embracing the possibility of not knowing is the first step into exploring and eventually knowing. I couldn’t put it any better than Wislawa Szymborska, 1996 Nobel prize in literature when he says:

This is why I value that little phrase “I don’t know” so highly. It’s small, but it flies on mighty wings. It expands our lives to include the spaces within us as well as those outer expanses in which our tiny Earth hangs suspended. If Isaac Newton had never said to himself “I don’t know,” the apples in his little orchard might have dropped to the ground like hailstones and at best he would have stooped to pick them up and gobble them with gusto. Had my compatriot Marie Sklodowska-Curie never said to herself “I don’t know”, she probably would have wound up teaching chemistry at some private high school for young ladies from good families, and would have ended her days performing this otherwise perfectly respectable job.

That is why I decided to create an “I don’t know” manifesto, so we can all remember that it’s ok Not to know, we just have to adopt the right attitude about it.

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“I was gratified to be able to answer promptly. I said, “I don’t know.””

Mark Twain

Sunday musing: Networks are more than the sum of their nodes


by KTVee

I stumbled upon this fascinating video where Nicholas Christakis gives the example of the slim mold to affirm how “connecting to each other and assembling ourselves in networks creates a super organism with unexpected properties”. Our networks are not the sum of their nodes, they exhibit a collective intelligence not available to each individual member!

Snippet: Leveraging weak ties

The people who truly succeed in business are the ones who actually have figured out how to mobilize people who are not their direct reports. Everyone can get their direct reports to work for them, but getting people who do not have to give you their time to engage and to support you and to want you to succeed is something that is sorely missing from B-school courses.

~New York Times,Oct.3, 2009. Business section