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ASK: I'm rebuilding our employee onboarding process and creating an employee handbook. My goal is to make this as far from the typical Corporate HR handbook as possible and certainly never want to include the word 'policy' in it's content. I was wondering if anyone has anything they would be willing to share? I would also be willing to share with anyone who wants to see my final product in a few weeks. ... See MoreSee Less
IMHO, this single paragraph is the most important idea/approach to innovation policy we need in Canada.
"...we cannot use a process of long-term planning. Instead, we need continuous experimentation. Policy makers must rapidly come up with new initiatives, kill those that don’t work, scale up those that do and then keep changing incentives to keep pace with growing, dynamic industries."
1) Try things. Fast. 2) Measure (properly, on equity/revenue created..) 3) Kill what does not work. 4) Scale what does.
Government innovation policy needs to act more like we all do...
John KelleherBuddy that is so funny. I literally just read this article on the plane home. I couldn't agree with you more that this is a critical idea. I didn't agree with all of the ideas in the article but he had a couple killer ones. This was one of them – – – I also really liked the clarity with which he emphasized that the purpose of innovation or commercialization is to sell high margin products globally… I loved that
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Ian Kerrits an important aspect of the approach. but why are these mutually exclusive? i think long term planning is an importnat adjunct to this approach. as brian eno put it, we need a bigger here and a longer now...http://longnow.org/essays/big-here-and-long-now/
Scott BrooksThat sounds too innovative to come from the halls of government. But I will take it !
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Ali NawabGreat share, I would gladly give some of my spare time (lol) with others to help put together a list of what has worked, what hasn't worked and what's worked in other places. Items on the list can be up voted by the established founders in the group
Alex Stobeagree. But skeptical that Government can pull off rapid iteration.
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Altair Mikhailovich IoffeA lot of innovation, especially the kind with a big impact, requires long-term development before it can be seen as successful. It's not always a fast process like apps; think of drug development. So the evaluation may not return accurate results if you're thinking "fast" innovation. That said, regulation is largely responsible for slowing down innovation. That's where policy needs to become more agile.
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Launching a product is easy. Building a company with fast growth is brutally hard. Every waking moment you spend on your startup, you aspire to grow and you fight for hyper growth. The term ‘Growth Hacker,’ coined in 2010, hit the marketing world hard and was considered by many as the new way to do…
Mark FromsonGood post Ian, we've been following this type of philosophy at LocalSolo.com - When we say to people we're growth hacking, we basically mean we're doing what you suggest, but with techniques that are free or relatively inexpensive.
Sandy ScottAnd now we've succeeded at marketing the marketer over the growth hacker...because growth hackers are 'hacks' right? As the old ad adage would go.
1) all businesses are unique, and no businesses are unique. Every consultant that ever went into a business has been told that the business is unique, and that no "framework" can be applied there because of this. Which to me is like saying - "my business is different, sales (or marketing or customer support or hr) won't work here because we're different.
Sorry, I don't buy it. Value propositions are different, positioning is different, but the concepts of those things are the same across businesses.
2) The 10 tips articles are universally limited - it doesn't matter whether they are about growth hacking or human resources or losing weight. You can't just blindly apply - you have to filter them from your situation and adjust.
I don't disagree with your article at its core Ian - the things you deride (dumb link/traffic baiting articles) are to be derided. But I do think growth is a legitimate function...and I think there are smart folks at FB and LinkedIn and a lot of other places that would say the same.
4 hours ago · 3
Kamil RextinGrowth as a team or a combined effort from product and marketing side to improve core product metrics != growth hacking.
2 hours ago
Kamil RextinI think the core issue might be focusing on growth when there's no 100 fans and trying to fill a leaky bucket vs scaling those 100 fans to 10X