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Breaking Things for Fun and Profit

Sometimes the best way to innovate is to take something that didn't work very well, smash it to piece
Disruptors Handbook
Breaking Things for Fun and Profit
By Disruptors Handbook • Issue #38 • View online
Sometimes the best way to innovate is to take something that didn’t work very well, smash it to pieces and take all the broken bits and turn it into something completely new. It can even be a profitable process as you learn about how things are put together, and you can create something which is more robust and more compelling as a result. 
It’s a strategy which doesn’t often go down well in corporate and government contexts, but there are ways to initiate creative destruction that will change attitudes to innovation - and would make Schumpeter proud.  Beyond the change management processes that emphasise consultation and communication, productive creative destruction involves setting an expiry/renewal date for all policies, products and processes used in-house. It’s not about creating job insecurity, but it is a means of overcoming process and information overload. 
So take a good look at your products and processes, and ask yourself, “What can you break for fun and profit?”
PS: If you’d like us to help you to be creatively destructive and then productive, let us know. Our hackathons can do just that.

For: Innovation leaders
We all dreamed about going to the moon as kids. Now, at long last, it’s possible. And it will be happening from next year, according to uber-innovator and Space X/Tesla boss, Elon Musk. Time to start planning your next innovation moonshot - maybe from the orbit of the moon. 
Elon Musk's SpaceX plans 2018 flight circling moon with civilians |
For: The Global Executive
To grow your corporate career, it’s not just experience in a functional area that you need, but a sense of the entire corporate strategy. Harvard Business Review has a useful piece on getting on to the shortlist for the C-Suite. In our view, it also helps to spend some time out of hours, working with startups and non-profits to help broaden understanding of disruptive impact.
How to Get on the Shortlist for the C-Suite
For: Tech Entrepreneurs
For: Your Crowded Diary
For: Corporate Innovators
Proving that corporate citizenship is a good idea, Apple has slipped off its pedestal as the most valued brand in the world in the latest survey conducted by the Reputation Institute. While the products are still broadly admired, Apple’s sluggish performance in corporate citizenship has allowed it to slip below the always-innovating Google - and it’s even at risk of losing to Microsoft.
Apple's Corporate Reputation Falling Behind Google, Microsoft
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Big List of Hackathons in Australia
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