Continuing my contributions to the Management Blog Carnival 2013, I’m going to tell you about FreshMIX.
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As a blog, this is not the greatest, but as an entry into a website, it serves its purpose well. Blog posts become website content. The website, the Management Innovation eXchange (MIX), is worth exploring. MIX describes itself as an “open innovation project aimed at reinventing management. (While it has support from some corporate sponsors like McKinsey and SAP, it seems to have no big-company bias.)
The MIX was designed for change addicts -- “all those who are frustrated by the limits of our legacy management practices” -- and I think that includes us. In a quest to develop more adaptable, innovative, inspiring and socially accountable organizations, the MIX is meant to be a clearinghouse and a virtual laboratory.
The MIX principles are pretty consistent with current lean thinking:
- Everyone Wins When Everyone Shares
- Every Innovator Deserves a Hearing
- Accomplished Innovators Deserve Acclaim
- The Most Important Problem is the One You Care Most About
- It's Good to be Humble
- The Devil's in the Details
- Innovation is a Social Process
To evaluate this blog for the Management Blog Carnival, I did a few quick searches to see whether there were posts about lean or continuous improvement or mentioned Toyota. It showed that, while blog posts didn’t reflect much awareness of the lean body of knowledge, there were Stories, Hacks, and Hackathons that did...
Story: Pull vs. Push by Mark Bublitz.
Story: Operating at the Intersection of People, Process andTechnology to move an Industry Forward by Atul Khanzode
Story: "Ever Forward" Extreme Makeover – DPR ConstructionRebuilds their Continuous Improvement Process from the Foundation Up by Dan Tran - Project Engineer at DPR Construction
Hack: Learning From Failure - Turning an “Oops!” into an“Aha!!” by Leonardo Zangrando, Edna Pasher, Amanda Boonzaaier, Deb Seidman, Claire McCartney
Hack: Systems Thinking by Andy Lippok - Project Manager - Home Service & Supply at BSkyB
Blog post that originated from a Hackathon: Is big the enemy of good? How togrow without crushing agility and creativity by Joris Luijke, VP Talent & Culture at Atlassian
Another intriguing feature of the MIX are the M-Prizes, for people taking on big challenges. The current M-Prize challenge is the SAP Unlimited Human Potential Challenge. M-Prizes are not money or trips to Paris. They confer recognition on people sharing ideas, on multiple winners, and on spreading their ideas. The MIX also features Moonshots and Mavericks. MixTV is a little like TED, but you don’t have to be super-famous to be on it.
This an open network and community …
The MIX is yours. …A platform and a laboratory for you to advance your ideas, experiments, and passions around management innovation… the MIX is already the product of many minds — individuals from around the world with deep expertise and shared passion when it comes to reinventing management.
That means that you, dear reader, are invited too. Seriously, I want to see you submitting innovations, stories, and hacks (what you may call kaizens) that you have been part of. I want to see your opinion pieces in the blog. I want to see you participating in the Hackathons. I want to see you winning an M-Prize. I want you using this launch pad as a way to spread more lean thinking.
Take it easy on the lean labels and tell good stories about how lean manifests itself at its best. Let’s push some management thought leaders like Gary Hamel, one of MIX’s leaders, into seeing lean not as a tool, but in its highest sense as an actionable philosophy. We have a lot to share, and would have a lot to gain, by really getting into the MIX.