Mike Rollings

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Luck, Serendipity, and the Contextual Strategist

by Mike Rollings  |  December 27, 2011  |  Comments Off

Recently, @davegray @tetradian @nickmalik and I (@mikerollings) had a brief twitter exchange about the role of luck in strategy. What is luck anyway? Isn’t it just a happy accident, an unexpected happening, a simple explanation for the unexpected, a serendipitous association that leaves us in awe of the randomness of life? In that context, strategy […]

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i-i-i is about Focusing on the Individual and Not Yourself

by Mike Rollings  |  November 21, 2011  |  Comments Off

The “i” generation – not quite the selfish focused gang that was recently called out in the UK by its Chief Rabbi and noted by c|net’s Chris Matyszczyk. Like prior generational movements, this one too is misunderstood. The “i” generation is about the importance of the individual which is profoundly different than focusing selfishly on […]

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Fight inertia and resurrect entrepreneurs

by Mike Rollings  |  July 18, 2011  |  Comments Off

All organizations at some time in their history have experimented, gained knowledge, and operationalized it – experimentation is synonymous with entrepreneurialism. Entrepreneurs test many theories as they launch an idea. They are not afraid of making errors and learning from their mistakes. As they refine ideas and gain more knowledge through experimentation, they eventually reach […]

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Replacing Taylorism as our Management Doctrine

by Mike Rollings  |  April 18, 2011  |  11 Comments

Over the last 239 years, organizations have been applying hierarchy, and top-down command-oriented management. This mindset erupted with the dawn of the steam engine in 1771, and in the late 1800s it was honed to razor sharpness by Frederick Winslow Taylor – the father of efficiency thinking and the science of productivity. Taylor’s work is […]


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Watson: Impressive Finding not Thinking

by Mike Rollings  |  February 14, 2011  |  2 Comments

National Public Radio (NPR) seems to wake my imagination.  This morning they had a story about IBM’s Watson. Watson is IBM’s computer that is squaring off against two Jeopardy champions – the shows air for the next 3 days. I wonder how many people will begin to believe that Watson actually thinks? I’m sure it […]


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Uncertainty is the key that opens a closed mind

by Mike Rollings  |  August 23, 2010  |  3 Comments

Two weeks ago I wrote that organizations must Invest in the new secret weapon: Humans to unleash innovation, hypothesis generation, investigation, imagination, initiative, and calculated risk taking.  Part of this investment is creating an environment that is not based on fear and retribution, but instead one that fosters and appreciates contribution. However, there is a […]


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Invest in the new secret weapon: Humans

by Mike Rollings  |  August 9, 2010  |  4 Comments

A real return to prosperity and long-term growth will require a rebirth of business based on new rules for a new era. The interplay between social, cultural, and economic transformation accelerates the need for organizations to become agile, strategic, innovative, and effective. Yet organizations are doing little to develop collaboration, influence, perspective, integration, and relevance […]


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Applying Simple Rules without End

by Mike Rollings  |  July 8, 2010  |  Comments Off

Bottomless wonders spring from simple rules… which are repeated without end.  Benoit Mandelbrot I picked up this quote from a recent TED.com presentation by Benoit Mandelbrot.  Mandelbrot, of course, is the father of fractal geometry.  He used this statement to illustrate that the amazing variety within nature is an expression of a very simple building […]

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