Depth-first vs. Breadth-first

Let's start by assuming that your company has at least one problem.

Let's also assume that somewhere, someone has written a business book describing a solution to your problem.

(Now, it might be a video series, or a seminar, or a podcast, but most good ideas eventually get turned into books, and Big Ideas that are also Good tend to become successful because capitalism).

Let's assume that you are the manager, owner, CEO, P&L responsible. If not, let's pretend you are and you can play along.

How many Big Ideas can you find? Understand? Evaluate?

How many staff do you have that you trust to be able to do the Finding and Understanding?

How many staff do you have that would love to earn that trust? (See, if you're playing along, you would love that opportunity, right?)

So cast a wide net in the business learning sphere. Get a bunch of people to evaluate a bunch of ideas in parallel, then collect the results, rank them, and then get to implementing the right one, not the latest one that you have been sold.

Maybe it's out of left field. Maybe it's something that's never been done in your industry. (Probably that would be a good thing!)

What if you could ask for help, and have your staff volunteer to help you solve problems? Do the incentives match up? Think about it - you get innovative ideas investigated and understood by someone within the company. Your staff get to prove their chops at solving real business problems.

What if all of this came out of your training budget, and nobody saw that as misappropriation?

That's North Creek's value proposition. Breadth-first search of the business literature, by employees and staff, for the benefit of their career and the company's bottom line.

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Categories: Business , Methodology