- Forget how you’ve done things before. Borrow new ideas and learn by trial and error. You’ve got to be willing to leverage your team’s raw power.
- Unknown factors will trip you up, no matter how much advance work you do, so your success depends on your team’s eagerness to learn and adapt.
- Every group wants to cling to its orthodoxy, even in a new environment. You need to operate in fundamentally different ways.
- Overcome institutional memory (“We tried that once …”) by building from scratch, with new staff, systems and culture.
- Keep ties healthy between an offshoot and the core group. Pay attention to sources of tension, particularly budgets.
- Your enterprise needs its own planning process. The parent organization’s norms will just mess things up.
- Hold the new endeavor accountable for learning, not results.
- Take charge of strengthening your team’s basic skills in forgetting the past, borrowing new ideas and learning.
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