Today I have a great, great interview with Dr. Jonas Ridderstrale from Sweden. He’s one of the world’s most influential and respected business thinkers and speakers. Since bursting onto the international scene with the bestselling book Funky Business in 2000, Jonas has remained at the forefront of the new generation of management thinkers. In 2014, the Global Top 30 Management Gurus ranking put him at number 23 worldwide and among the top five in Europe. He has a PhD in international business and an MBA.
A little bit more about this book, Funky Business. Funky business sold over 300,000 copies. For a business book, that’s huge. The book was recently ranked number 16 in the Bloomsbury survey of the best business books of all time. He’s written sequels, Karaoke Capitalism, Management for Mankind and Funky Business Forever, and he’s also written another book called Re-energizing the Corporation: How Leaders Make Change Happen. His books have been translated into 30 languages in more than 50 countries worldwide.
Jonas has incredible ideas that make you think in different ways, and it’s just great listening to him talk. The title of this whole episode is What Is The Last Competitive Advantage for Humans, and you’re going to learn a couple of things from him today. Number one, how you can reward failure using an MSU award. Also, how you can de-risk failure and fear in your company. As the title suggests, like literally, what is the last competitive advantage for humans, and especially around context development within your businesses and yourselves. Two methods for increasing your ability to handle paradox.
Also, we talk about Nobel prizes and why they are awarded to teams now versus just super humans. Now what’s happened in regards to that? Collaboration – that’s a theme that’s continually coming out of all my CIO conversations and all my innovation work is how digital leaders are embracing collaboration. But what’s forcing that? Why is that so imperative these days? Jonas and I talk about it. As humans become more like Homer Simpson, you know, our computers are scaling and scaling and scaling, becoming more and more exponentially stronger, but humans, we’re just kind of incrementally getting smarter. I mean, it’s a linear path, not an exponential path.
But how can you respond to this? How can you re-energize your company with ideas? How can you bring vision to your business and how can you bring these ideas and become a better, more profound leader? Why you need more lovers and mistresses and promiscuity in your business. Not what you think it is, but with ideas and testing the new, and why planning is over and done and why you need to be more agile. What’s happening with the young kids that’s necessitating this change for businesses to be less about these prescriptive plans and more about having an agile focus.
So with that, I want to introduce you to my wonderful conversation with Jonas Ridderstrale.