Startups & Tech

Seth Godin writes that breakthroughs lie in the area between “unexpected, yet totally plausible.”

This is a smart insight, and it got me thinking about the conditions necessary to achieve breakthroughs on a team.

In my experience, the teams that achieve frequent breakthroughs are the ones that have:

  • Focus – They focus on solving a single, big problem
  • Freedom – They have the freedom to explore and test different solutions without penalties when things don’t work
  • Diversity – They have diverse backgrounds and experience, a variety of creative influences, etc.
  • Fun – Never underestimate the impact of humor and enjoyment on creativity. Silicon Valley’s Middle-Out scenario is more realistic than you might thing.