Would you like a mash-up summary of Superfreakonomics and Peter Drucker’s writings on innovation?
Discontinuity. That’s when things don’t align. Can we make a quick and dirty fix for a big problem? We should try to do so, on a daily basis, because historically that’s the only type of fix that will work. So let’s get everyone working for deviant solutions and clean up as we go. Cut and run, so to speak. But won’t that result in more problems? Let’s burn that bridge when we come to it.
So, in the above paragraph I have mashed up Innovation and Entrepreneurship by Peter Drucker and Superfreakonomics by Dubner and Levitt. The overarching theme of Superfreakanomics is that quick simple fixes have been responsible for more progress and betterment that any convoluted overplanned scheme, especially those contrived by government. The message of Drucker’s book is that 1) innovations can be classified into categories 2) firms and individuals can strategically position themselves to take advantage of those innovations, but only if they 3) systematically look for the innovations and improvements.
A PDF version of Peter Drucker’s book is here,
The PDF version of Levitt and Dubner’s book is here,
Speaking of those future problems resulting from quick and dirty fixes… I’m sure I will need to eventually replace the above with links to the Amazon.com pages. So, there you have it, a quick and dirty fix for resulting problems, as well.