Faced with the choice of starting a company or joining a large corporation, Steve Jobs believed that it was ‘more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy’. But for innovators inside established companies, making a distinction between being a pirate and joining the navy is a fallacy. We have to figure out a way to become pirates in the navy!
Few industries or brands will survive unless they understand what Nilofer Merchant (nilofermerchant.com) calls “Onlyness” – the experience, talent, perspective, and purpose lying untapped in our own people. By centering on the source of innovation, onlyness, Nilofer enables you to unlock new business value.
Whitney Johnson is the CEO of WLJ Advisors and an expert on helping high-growth organizations develop high-growth individuals.
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