The sun is setting slowly as I drift somewhere between Dallas and San Francisco. Low clouds softly drape the mountains below as I gaze toward the reddish-orange horizon. I feel so calm as I fly home tonight. You see, I’ve made a promise to myself that I thought I would share.
2010 has been a fascinating year in so many ways. Despite experimenting with a variety of new and interesting businesses my mind simply cannot stop thinking about potentially viable opportunities for our highly fragmented and ever-changing industry. These theoretical concepts seek purchase yet rarely crack through their cranial prison. This creates noise and can be incredibly distracting…
Over the next few months I will be giving most if not all of my ideas away. I commit to documenting my thought processes and any initial supporting data/materials and simply clicking “publish”. Most will likely be the most absurd and ill-conceived notions you’ve ever encountered. Others may already exist in the real world (thus exposing my myopic and limited purview). No matter. I’m willing to face public humiliation and ridicule if there is even the slightest chance that someone can take a single grain of an idea and turn it into something material.
So what’s in it for me?
Nothing but closure. I don’t seek credit or any rights to whatever happens from here. If you can turn my steaming pile of coal into diamonds you deserve all the praise, believe me. You’re a brilliant group of people and I have tremendous faith in your ability to execute on anything you put your mind to.
So stay tuned as I embark on this potentially career-limiting journey. And if others want to join in by posting their own ideas, perhaps we can turn this into an interesting industry-wide experiment. Welcome to my personal HR Idea Lab.