Treasure 71 – Visual thinking, Innovation, Courage

Welcome back,

without further ado we go to the Nuggets of the week.

I love it visually! That’s why Nugget #1 is a video series about business visualization.Christian Botta, Daniel Reinold and Bernhard Schloß have written a book on the subject and created a series of small videos on LinkedIn Learning. The video of the week is even available without a LinkedIn Learning account. In the featured video Bernhard Schloß explains what visualization can do for business. I think it’s important to point out that this is not about artisan skills. Do you already use visualization in business? Which tips and resources can you recommend? Just add it to the comments.
Business Visualization and Visual Thinking (4 min, video, German)

What would the treasure be without nuggets on innovation? Nugget #2 is once again an interesting article on LinkedIn. Catharina van Delden has written a “long read” about agile innovation. I can calm down those who fear some agile bullshit bingo. It merely builds a bridge to the values of the agile manifesto and itself defines four principles how innovation succeeds. At this point I would like to pick out one principle: “Openness over Secrecy”. When it comes to innovation, I repeatedly come across secrecy. Even within a company, information is only shared very restrictively. There is even greater secrecy towards customers and suppliers. I don’t want to go into the many reasons here. That would require an extra article. In my opinion, this behavior gives one a huge chance to increase the probability of success of innovations. Is the innovation accepted in the market (topic: Lean Startup)? Are there external partners who can speed up my implementation (make vs. buy)? I bet in many cases there are other people who have the same idea. At the end of the day, it all depends on who gets it on the road the fastest. So have the courage to be open!
All you need to make your innovation management agile are these 4 principles (12 min, text, English)

Nugget #3 also deals with the subject of courage. Nadja Petranovskaja, already known to loyal readers from Treasure 47, encourages to replace “German Angst” with “German Mut”. Her recipe is very simple. Do a “safe to fail” experiment. I always ask myself the question “What is the worst thing that can happen?” Usually the answer is harmless. For the more courageous there is a quote that a colleague recently wrote for my farewell:

If it frightens you, it might be worth a try

So get out of the comfort zone. Not convinced yet? In her article Nadja provides some material on the subject of decisions and a few more reasons why you shouldn’t wait any longer.
How to stop waiting and start living (5 min, text, German)

On the subject of courage I would like to advertise the #MutLand Blogparade. A few nice posts have already come together. So get to the keyboard. If you don’t have a blog, you are welcome to be a guest author on CompanyPirate. Just drop me a note.

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