In my book ‘Slingshot’, I draw on examples from sports to illustrate the power of overstepping self-imposed, mental limitations. One of these is the story of the 4-minute mile – how people thought that the human body was simply not capable of running this distance in such short amount of time.
Adversity is opportunity in disguise. It is all a matter of perspective. We can choose to see the world as a victim or as a champion. The good news is we all have the ability to be champions, if we chose to adopt the right perspective.
One of the most powerful examples of such a transformation in perspective is the story of Mrs. Vivian Pellas – how she turned surviving a horrific plane crash into inspiration to create an exemplary hospital in Central America providing free and complete care for burnt children.
One of the three key Slingshot principles for re-imagining boundaries is the embrace what I call “the innovation shortcut”: To link seemingly unrelated, already existing components to create new customer value.
I am pleased to announce the latest translation of my book Slingshot, which is to Spanish. I do a large amount of work in Central and South America, where interest in innovation and creative thinking is very high. This translation will provide a valuable resource for the application of the Slingshot Framework throughout the region. If you are interested in the Spanish version, send me a note.
Being relevant is more important than being best or being biggest. Counterintuitive to such managerial concepts as relative market share or operational excellence, it is not enough to have an efficient organization or to be the biggest or best within a traditional market segment. Instead, you need to continuously scan the horizon and shift course to stay relevant. In fact, being biggest or best may be a hindrance, because it impedes your ability and inclination to adapt quickly.