Chris Corrigan’s Parking Lot is host to a rather lively discussion about the role of improvisation in strategy and innovation. Flowing from a (December 23rd) post about improv in jazz, the comments touch on some sharp ideas. My favorite is this one by Andy (of Older and growing…):
No system works in isolation, and the external stimuli to any system are largely unpredictable, so any strategy that is based on predicting the future is likely to be working with erroneous or irrelevant assumptions. I reckon the best strategies are meta-strategies – having a strategy that is about creating a structure that will allow effective responses to emerge, without pre-defining what those responses should be. And that is likely to be a structure that is heavily cross-linked (i.e. subverting hierarchy) with plenty of space for experimentation and play.