I have had The Medici Effect, by Fans Johansson, for a couple of years on my shelf and just didn’t get around to reading it, I am actually a bit upset I had not read it earlier. I got the book as a gift at an IBM conference focused on innovation and read a little bit of it on the plane. Unfortunately when I unpacked it was put in a place where I had forgotten about it. Interestingly enough, Frans is one of the most dynamic speakers I have ever seen and if you get a chance to see him speak don’t skip it! You can learn more about Frans at his site: http://www.themedicieffect.com
A few weeks ago I was cleaning and I found the book and I am glad I did. The book is an excellent source of motivation with the stories of innovation and success along with the prescribed ways to build an innovative team. I think the biggest challenge for most innovators is breaking out of their networks and reaching out to other disciplines and people from other industries. Interestingly enough I have seen this first hand in the space of composite applications over the past three years. The biggest adopters for composite applications is not the Lotus Notes shops – it is the IT shops that span many technologies or business operations managers realizing how their employees use several applications all day long. This is “The Intersection” so often described in The Medici Effect. If you are a young inventor or someone who is very innovative I would have to say this book should definitely be on your reading list.
“The best way to get good ideas is to have a lot of ideas.” – Linus Pauling