Have you been watching Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman on the Science Channel? I watch science fiction looking for patterns in human behavior and hints as to what’s possible to expand human potential. Because my work focuses on helping organizations to thrive in the face of increasing uncertainty and change, I was delighted to find this entertaining and provocative example of how innovation spreads in organized groups.
This two minute video clip below from the recent episode, How Do Aliens Think, follows along the sames lines as the research of Everett M. Rogers in showing how ants deal with uncertainty, change, and survival…
What does this mean for your company or organization?
1. Support innovation and exploration to make it a low risk proposition
2. Note that those who can quickly assess a possible benefit are most likely to be the first followers (this is a small percentage of the population)
3. Remember that once a “Quorum Threshold” is reached, the mainstream comes along willingly
4. Change focus: The resisters of change have to be carried – often kicking and screaming!
Most important - Avoid This Mistake: Focusing your attention on the resisters of change! As so many before, the ant experiment proves that the most important players are the innovators and the change agents who make the first experiments. If those experiments are successful others will naturally follow. In the end, the resisters come along anyway.
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