Good Ideas Don’t Come From Lone Heroes

March 6, 2011


I work in an industry that requires a lot of people with a wide variety of skills and backgrounds to work together to come up with a fun, creative product.  I also work in an industry that suffers from the lone hero syndrome.  You know – the lone hero will come up with an amazing idea and save the day.  Sigh.  When faced with a creative challenge, we’re so much better off working together and building on ideas from a variety of sources.  After spending this past week collaborating with a number of people on a couple of creative projects, I thought I would share Steven Johnson’s TEDGlobal 201o talk in Oxford, England.   I saw this video at the recent TEDxConcordia here in Montreal and loved it!   We lived the ideas in this video this week and I’m looking forward to sending off a presentation of which we will be proud.  It was also a lot more enjoyable to work as a team!

As I was writing this post, I discovered that this past week was TED 2011 in Long Beach.  I’m looking forward to seeing the videos as they get posted.

In the meantime, enjoy Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson!

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About Liza Wood

After a dozen years leading video game development projects in a variety of roles, I decided to pursue a Master of Data Science at the University of British Columbia. Studying data science doesn’t mean I’m moving away from leading people. Growing data science teams need collaborative, pragmatic, Agile leadership to connect data to all areas of the business. I would like to share that point of view, along with my experiences, on this blog.

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3 Comments on “Good Ideas Don’t Come From Lone Heroes”

  1. Daniel Says:

    Good post Lisa, the kernel of an idea may occur to one person but it takes a group to refine, polish and ship (implement) the result.



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