A Lesson From Hugo Chávez
I was with my Spanish teacher on a crowded bus in Quito. I strained to both hear and understand him as we conversed en español.
When I opened a window in my schedule last February, I was thinking of warm weather, a different culture and learning Spanish. Events led me to Ecuador.
“I don’t know much about that country,” said more than one colleague.
“What are the parts of yourself you are willing to give up in order to be who you wish you were?”
Innovation is born of new perspectives; of fertilizing one way of thinking with another. Organizationally this happens when different people, who have different information, come together and use what they know in new ways to serve common goals. Individually this happens when each person understands, and goes beyond, the limits of their own thinking.