For the first time since Bloomberg BusinessWeek began its annual Most Innovative Companies ranking in 2005, the majority of corporations in the Top 25 are based outside the U.S.Â The reason: the new global leaders coming out of Asia.
Who is #1?Â Once again for the fifth year in a row Apple is #1!
In the past decade, as the U.S. was losing an estimated 2.4 million factory jobs to China, the Economic Policy Institute and other research organizations identified an alarming trend–alarming to Westerners, at least. The factories of South Korea, Taiwan, and China were making their way up the global value chain, from the sneakers, toys, and T-shirts they had produced in earlier years to personal computers, consumer electronics gear, household appliances, and even cars.
For the West, the silver lining was this: Asia’s high-tech products were still generally regarded as inferior knockoffs of items designed in the U.S. and other so-called knowledge economies. China may have been the biggest worry, but as author Ted C. Fishman argued in his 2005 book, China Inc., it possessed a factory culture–it could imitate but not innovate.
That’s the amount of time that author Malcolm Gladwell says it takes for a talented person to master a cognitively complex skill — like becoming a world-class pianist or an Olympic athlete — in his new book, “Outliers: The Story of Success.”
According to Gladwell, it’s the number of hours that separates the merely good from the really great, and it’s easy to see why the “10,000 hour” idea has caught fire in an industry like Hollywood, which is only partly a meritocracy, where riches rain down just as often on the lucky and the well-connected as on the talented. For many who have found success in the entertainment industry, Gladwell’s theory offers a nifty, concrete explanation to the question of “Why me? Why have I climbed to the top of my field when so many others have failed?”
SOT lessons and training formats will be transformed, along with the entire publishing industry, in the next few years following the arrival of the iPAD. We are planning for this. The iPAD platform–hardware and iSTORE– seems destined become a killer platform for publishing, education and learning.
The School of Thinking shares the shock and sadness that has overtaken the world with the tragedy of the sudden and extravagant loss of President KaczyÅ„ski along with so many other distinguished leaders of the Republic of Poland.
The loss is incomprehensible and so hard to accept.
SOT has many members and friends in Poland. At this sad time we offer our thoughts, meditations and solidarity.
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