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What Stops Managers from Looking to Other Industries for Inspiration

What Stops Managers from Looking to Other Industries for Inspiration

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Looking Outside

Looking outside one’s own industry has resulted in many remarkable innovations and disruptions. But all too often managers lack the mandate, authority, or confidence to make it work.

They can overcome these obstacles by building a team to execute the search for outside ideas; providing it ...

How Henry Ford Got Inspired To Mass Produce Cars

Henry Ford’s invention of the assembly line is an idea he stole from the meat industry. Abbatoirs used a “dissembly line” to shunt carcasses along a steel rail from worker to worker, as each executed a specific task.

Ford simply flipped the concept and revolutionized manufacturing.

Challenges Managers Face

Looking to other industries like this is a neat idea, but it doesn’t always work.

The challenges include:

  1. Lack of mandate.
  2. Lack of authority.
  3. Lack of confidence

Overcoming the Challenges

With so much to gain from looking outside your industry, it’s a shame to let an opportunity slip by because of obstacles like these. Here’s how you can get past them:

Assemble an empowered team.

Provide strong leadership.

Prepare your sales pitch.

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