Creative ideas are the seeds of innovation and disruption. As Steve Jobs would put it, they push the world, the human race, forward. We need better tools and solutions to solve people problems. And reverse the effects of blind capitalism that creates more problems than it solves and profit-maximization ideologies that lead us to nowhere but the land of the greed & corrupt. And ignorance.
Some are simple tools, some are more complex. We can’t leave it (the problem solving) to HR or middle management or some large company with excess funds or talent. We need hungry people with skills — the pre-conditions of great product development.
Make disruptive products
1. Better Hootsuite
OMG. Hootsuite’s UI is crappy. Twitter’s interface is not great; just tolerable. We need a mix of these two products (I own more than 5 Twitter accounts).
Feasibility: Possible today. Need an idea guy to sit with an API Developer for 2 weeks doing intense product development.
2. Better HR Software
OMG. HR tech is at least a $10 billion market. SAP HCM sucks. The DNA of the people engineering SAP features excludes ‘user empathy’. Oracle HCM is even worse.
There are hundreds of HR tech companies today working on various HR features but really why turning what is primarily a paper-pushing department into software is such a huge challenge baffles me.
Feasibility: Possible today. Many HR tech teams focus on too many things and leave the job of fixing HR’s core product value too soon. In the end, almost all HR tech end up being nice apps in desktop or mobile but don’t really enable culture change in the real world. Need a team with ‘super focus’, zen, on solving people pain points in HR and beyond.
Upsetting razor blade giant Gillette.