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… and that is the problem.

We know how to do, because we have done it before.

Excepted the context was slightly different.

Excepted the people where not the same.

Excepted the product was another one.

Excepted the culture was not comparable.

Excepted…

In fact, we do not know.

We have experiences that will help us explore and discover how to do it by asking (ourselves) tons of questions.

Then we will know.

Until next time.

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To build a new steady state, we need to go through a transient state.

The required qualities & skills for both are not the same.

As paradoxical it can sound, we need strong transient state leaders (change agents) to build a new steady state system.

Once the new steady state is reached, those same leaders can regulate the system, protect it from outside threats and evaluate the need for a future new steady state.

Change agents are kind of hybrid personalities as they both have to envision a steady state (exploitation) and navigate through a transient state (exploration) at the same time.

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The last chapter of “I can decide what I believe or not, it’s my choice, I am free and I can have my own opinion about everything without any exception” is about arrogance.

Someone who knows about a specific topic and who shares that knowledge or even explains why they are wrong to those who spread false information is defined as being arrogant.

Oversimplifying things is not an alternative to hard work, deep knowledge and understanding of complex topics.

Being competent is different than being arrogant.

And yes, it’s better when competence is coupled with humility.

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Standing against something, it’s also standing for something else.

And when we stand for, we build something that we hope will be better than the status quo.

When we stand against, most of the time it leads us “not to do something”, to refuse something.

Refusing something can change the world only if many are following and start a movement.

Doing something can be impactful even if we are the only one to take action.

Standing for or standing against are not symmetrical postures.

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Assumptions are…assumptions.

Hypothesis.

A starting point.

We need them.

However, to make them really useful, we have to solve them.

Solving assumptions is confirming, infirming and transforming them.

Then assumptions become facts and knowledge.

And facts and knowledge are solid basis we can build on.

Converting assumptions into knowledge, this is a big part of the innovators job.

What complicates our work is that an important part of what we consider as to be facts and knowledge are in reality assumptions.

Helping others realizing this is the very first and important part of the job.

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There is no ideal recipe, however this one works pretty well.

STEP 1 — Define your vision; the change you want to make happen

STEP 2 — Start with some simple actions and get things done

STEP 3 — Show your work to get feedback & traction

Simple, isn’t it ?

At least on the paper.

However, the real challenge here is execution as it requires:

  • laser focus
  • courage
  • passion
  • desire to learn & unlearn
  • trust in your skills, capabilities, knowledge and legitimacy
  • not letting you being distracted
  • hard work

Because only few people are able to go from idea to action, those who do are the real game changers.

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Jean-Marie Buchilly

Jean-Marie Buchilly

Jean-Marie is an engineer. And a wine lover. And a runner. And the father of a 10 years old girl. And he thinks he can change the world. And he is trying. Now.