The adjacent possible

I am spending the next three days in Washington, D.C. for the annual conference of the Ethics & Compliance Initiative.

In the midst of countless plenary and breakout sessions, here is what I hope to accomplish, in increasing order of priority:

  • Network with colleagues
  • Learn something new
  • Learn to think differently

And you can hardly get to the third bullet without the first two.

That is how most people innovate, even E&C professionals. We start with our current body of knowledge, we bump into someone who adds a new learning, and our brain makes a new connection.

It all happens on its own – if we show up.


To learn more about innovation and the adjacent possible, read Where good ideas come from, by Steven Johnson.

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