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It's a very long article
on January 24, 2012
Well written, without a doubt, and wonderful for people who fancy the 'quick, one fits all' solution. Actually Peter Drucker had it already down in 1985 in "Innovation and Entrepreneurship" but,of course, his Principles of Innovation sound less creative and much more analytical. That is hard to sell in today's market. The fact that Breakthrough ideas emerge from Small Discoveries, is no breakthrough discovery, as it is shown in the lives and works of countless inventors and artists. The book unfortunately never explains genius, or the art of knowing, which small discoveries will be successful.Beethoven's struggle to create his own genius was, by the way, much more related to Haydn then Mozart, and history will still have to write how much of Edison's lightbulb came through Nikola Tesla and how much came through Edison's "Little Bets".
The book inspires, however, in using a convincing and simple concept and links it perfectly to genial accomplishments of the past; and who wants to research if HP simply could not afford more tens of million$ to look for large solutions or purposely opted for small solutions as "Little Bets". One could even cite Toyota's "in-time, on-time" inventory system as a smart way of wagering little bets, instead of the big ones.We should be grateful for Kindl to allow us to make little bets in choosing what we read. Peter Simms could have given us a great article, instead we got a very long article.