BIG IDEA In A Few Words
Comparing operational processes and performance metrics with other organizations is referred to as benchmarking. Benchmarking helps organizations evaluate performance but is not a reliable source of breakthrough innovation. Copycat creativity can help you keep up with the pack but will not make you a pioneer. If game-changing reinvention is needed you will have to move beyond benchmarking to interdisciplinary learning. Leaders who cultivate interdisciplinary learning have the humility and curiosity required to engage new ideas from outside their field along with the disciplined imagination to extrapolate what they are learning for application in their own context.