How can a company remain innovative through its growth? Most simply fail – with a bureaucratic management style that thinks that innovation can be achieved by having bosses yell “be creative” at their staff; other use turnover as an innovation tool: hire creative minds, squeeze out whatever can be squeezed in, then throw away the burnt out zombie and hire new people. But what about companies that seem to succeed in being – and remaining – innovation centers?
#ald10: looking for female role models
March 24, 2010
Of course, I could write about my mother. She worked in the tough, male-driven industry of petro-chemistry. She mostly raised me alone, giving me a taste for culture, the arts, and science all at once; she taught me that nothing comes without hard work; I owe my odd sense of humour to her.
Of course, I could write about Stephanie, my wonderful life partner who not only inspires me, supports me through the most difficult choices, leads me with her vast experience, but also is an awfully talented and respected Web professional.
And yet… I wish there were more. I wish there was one of my female teachers, or one of my female current co-workers, whom I could honestly call a role model, and I can’t. I do remember a couple of female physics teachers quite fondly (wait… were all my math teachers male?), and I love my female colleagues to bits, but every time I seriously think of the role models in my life, the statistics of a science/tech world ruled by men win.
Today I can only hope that boys in the following generation – the ones who probably don’t blog and might not know they can speak up for ALD this year – will, or do, have more female role models in their life, as teachers, co-workers, or peers.
On the iPhone/Flash hooha.