Chance Favours the Connected Mind…


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Take a few minutes out to review this video by Steven Johnson, author of “Where Good Ideas Come From”.  He debunks the thought that an idea is a singular thing – and replaces it with the suggestion that an idea is a network.

He looks for the signature behaviours that underpin creative environments and goes on to explain why – if you want to foster innovation – your office should look like a coffee shop.

He rounds the story off with an illuminating explanation of how creative thinking stimulated the invention of the GPS network.

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Bob Apollo
Bob Apollo is the CEO of UK-based Inflexion-Point Strategy Partners, the B2B sales performance improvement specialists. Following a varied corporate career, Bob now works with a rapidly expanding client base of B2B-focused growth-phase technology companies, helping them to implement systematic sales processes that drive predictable revenue growth.


  1. Bob,

    I saw that video today also and thought it was excellent. I especially loved his line about chance favoring a connected mind, and planned to use it as a title for an upcoming post, but you got to it first (ah, well, you snooze you lose).

    I do feel, however, that his idea only goes halfway, because if you put a bunch of unprepared minds together you’re probably not going to get very many good ideas out of it. The original quote about chance favoring the prepared mind is also a critical aspect of the equation, so I think you also have to give people space to study and reflect.

    Jack Malcolm


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