5 lessons learned from the 2 biggest fails in history

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The one missed the smartphone train, the tablet war, the reliable operating system game…   And I know from first hand that Bill Gates did NOT believe in the internet in 1992.

The other missed the smartphone train too, sitting on its ego, staffed like no other. How comes they couldn’t innovate with such a great team and so much resources ?

The one buys the other virtually bankrupt for over 5 billion…

Well they are not too big to fail guys !

Very smart new entrants are shocking their old rigid system, and guess what: they are also, like you, looking on short term to protect their assets, business, and probably are not going to be able to anticipate radical change in their sector (which is only beginning).

And you, are you anticipating or not ? Do you still naively believe in teletubbies and wonderland ? That euros and dollars are hard currencies ? Noooo, of course you don’t !

 

1. We all have to be on a 360° perception of “weak signals” – instead of following hypnotically the masses running into the grand canyon

True sustainable innovations, are always coming from a direction you do not expect. Therefore, we have to be attentive, in fine perception. They happen in the margin of your business, not inside. Like Nokia (or other examples like Sony or Philips), had the best resources, they missed the train. Dare to check in connex businesses and see how they are systemicaly linked with yours. Health and education are linked, construction and mobility too. What about your business ?

 

2. We all should invest in people, in ourselves – instead of in consumer products or naive illusions like bonds in euro

In times of crisis, the strongest energy is fear. Apple invested in hard times, in human vaue, design and ergonomy, simplicity. There where microsoft maintained complex operating systems. Fear does not carry future business, it kills it them. Wanting safe investments like bonds is also a lure, because the euro is going to collapse because of too heavy debt and flawed central banking system. Don’t believe promises of bankers. The only thing which will have value, is human value – your competence, fulfillmment and happyness. And especially human values included in new business models, product-services (see my blogpost on new economy models).

 

3. We all should learn sustainable collaboration – instead of being afraid and egoistic

In the new systemic economy ahaid of us, the true value will be ourcapacity to get resources in our ecosystem into our projects. The only way to get thiose resources is by answering the needs of the stakeholders in purposeful projects, contributing to real progress. We learned about competition, but ba–have not learned to genuinly collaborate internbally and externally. Its about time.

 

4. We all should be able to detect value where it is, and transform immaterial liabilities into value on higher levels – instead of hypnotically focusing on money.

Money is the result of human creativity, efficient collaboration, purposeful goals, engagement and trust, strong team, efficient processes. It’s not “by chance” money land on our accounts. All the work is done by people, with their value and liabilities alchimized into assets. We are blind to that value, collectively hypnothized in search for the god money. We should pick up new glasses, enabling us to see value where it is (check my blogpost on 7D-Value).

 

5. We all should dare to follow our dream and develop our talent – instead of wasting your time and your employers money

All the milestone success-stories are driven by talent and dreams. Look at Apple and Samsungf – or at Facebook and Google. But this is not new. We have millenia of benchmark. It’s time now to activate this individually. Fear of losing existing security is not carrying new prosperity, it is keeping treasures away from you. True treasures of life. Gradually let go the old because it is going to walk away from you anyway, whether you want it or not.

 

Good luck entering the S-Economy with us @ michel@uhdr.net

Michel de Kemmeter

 

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2 thoughts on “5 lessons learned from the 2 biggest fails in history

  1. Reblogged this on KnowledgEvolution and commented:
    Add Curtain over Nokia – The end of an era!
    5 lessons learned from the 2 biggest fails in history!
    by Michel de Kemmeter

    Well they are not too big to fail guys !

    1. We all have to be on a 360° perception of “weak signals” – instead of following hypnotically the masses running into the grand canyon

    2. We all should invest in people, in ourselves – instead of in consumer products or naive illusions like bonds in euro

    3. We all should learn sustainable collaboration – instead of being afraid and egoistic

    4. We all should be able to detect value where it is, and transform immaterial liabilities into value on higher levels – instead of hypnotically focusing on money.

    5. We all should dare to follow our dream and develop our talent – instead of wasting your time and your employers moneyyour thoughts here… (optional)

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