Posted by Oliver Nyumbu
March 8th, 2010 | No Comments »
If you were a business leader in New York City in 1886, what to sort of things might you be paying special attention? As it turns out, (as reported by Roy Williams), according to Manufacturer and Builder, the leading monthly journal of innovation and change, the big news in New York was the scandal over the proliferation of overhead electric lines. And, there’s more. One of the most important discoveries reported in the journal was a new way to colour bricks red!! But, what else was going on in 1886? How about this as a starter for ten?
- Crates containing the Statue of Liberty were being unloaded by dock workers
- Richard Sears was launching a company that would bring catalogue shopping to America
- In Atlanta, John Pemberton was finalising the concoction that would become Coca-Cola
- Gottlieb Daimler was completing the world’s first car - across the pond
As a leader, how might you make sure you are not so fixated on the slightly unusual (overhead electric lines!!) that you are blinded to crucial changes such as the birth of what was to later become the giant company Sears?