Innovation, connection and the importance of you.

With the ability to recognise objects very, very, far, differentiating between colour, shade and degrees of movement, the human eye is a wonder. This is because its ability to receive and interpret light supporting the brain’s sense of direction, defining reality for most of the world.

The brain is yet another complex supercomputer able to recognise, analyse, synthesise, interpret and process the most relevant 2, 000 bits of information per second out of the 400 billion bits it receives. This part of the human system is still being studied as we speak and it is unlikely that the search to fully understand this complex machine will ever end.

And rightly so, universities, fields of study, billions in dollars and uncountable hours in research have been devoted to the study of the brain. Physically, the brain is 140 mm wide, 167 mm and 93 mm high weighing between 1,300 – 1,400 grams in full grown adults. There’s a thing about space – just how much is needed to make a difference?


Yet again is the heart, which in an attempt to outdo the others, never stops working. This is not a part we want to stop working, going on vacations or off on sick leave. Whilst the eye can rest, by way of sleep, or the brain can have reduced activity, the human heart continues beating. To better understanding this, when seniors in Japan celebrate 105 years of existing in this planet, the simple conclusion is this; the heart has been beating every day for 105 years.

Not too long ago a leading carmaker had to recall 3.37 million cars because a part was dysfunctional, and yet another, asides from having to deal with a flood of lawsuits has agreed to pay $15 billion because performance tests were tinkered with to makes the cars appear more efficient. Considering the size of the parts responsible for these high dollar value recalls, it emerges that perhaps, not much space is required to be significant, to make a lasting difference, or to inspire change.

And then there’s the concept of whether a part can be replaced in the i-don’t-need-you-anymore sense. This question becomes more important the more the subject’s sophistication. And then there’s the concept of whether a part can be replaced In the case of the brain, science is yet to match its level of processing capacity, unable to handle objective and subjective decisions at the same.

Eyesight in terms of its ability to communicate seamlessly with the brain is yet to be completely replicated by the efforts of the science community. It is probably, of the three, the most closely replicated but this has been at much cost.

Just how much space is required to be a difference? Like the eye, despite its size, seeing things ahead is key to growing organisations grow and remain resilient.

Here’s a bit of the point; every part of an organisation has a value not only in itself, but in the fact that others depend on it. In many organisations, some parts of the business are regarded as more important and historically, this might be accurate.

However, the current wave of innovation (which will not be ending anytime soon) means that the best ideas could come from any part of the business.

And so it may be wise to follow through on the much discussed respect among divisions. A common example of this is the current criticality of today’s social media manager to the success of consumer brands, political parties and governments.

Decades ago, not many thought that the race for the presidency of the most powerful nation on earth would by heavily influenced by 140 characters.

As the heart, the recommendation is to never stop moving regardless of the current environment. Although there have been cases made by well-regarded authors and athletes as to when quitting makes sense, it seems reasonable to keep moving, looking for new ways to advance where the old ways no longer work.


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