I read recently that the creators of Google weren’t looking to create Google when they discovered the complex way of indexing pages. They were working on a research project for their PhD program and stumbled upon the genius of google page ranking, did a little more exploration, and the rest is the incredible history of Google. In fact, I also read where, learning from their history, Google allows employees up to 20% of their time to explore new ideas and innovation.
It made me think about how organizations function. Are we organized to discover the next Google?
Let your team explore and you’ll discover some great stuff. Finding the “next big thing” is certainly more difficult without the exploration.
Plus, it’s damaging long-term for a team to be limited in this area of growth potential. If your team isn’t freed to explore:
- They grow bored
- Growth stalls
- Valuable discoveries are never found.
What new insights is your team discovering?
More importantly perhaps, are they being positioned for discovery? Do they even have the freedom, built into your system?