If we dig into many stories of entrepreneurship and transformation, we discover that at the core lays the relationship between two people: Jobs and Wozniak, Gates and Allen, Spiegel and Murphy, Noori and Porcini.
Why? Why transformation is often led by a pair? Why do innovative leadership is achieving greater results when in two?
Transformation requires three elements: imagination (which comes from individuals), resources (which come by teams and communities, the more the better), but also an intimate space (which is created when in two).
Creating an intimate space with a sparring partner enables to share half backed unorthodox ideas in a safe environment, enables to reflect critically with someone who want us to grow, and enables to be resilient in front of the inevitable failures of innovation.
Any leader of transformation should nurture an intimate space with a sparring partner. We are investigating how this happens.
The earlier results of this research have been the subject to the exhibition "Genio and Impresa" (Genius and Entrepreneurship"), that celebrated the fifth centenary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci. We investigated how the genius of Leonardo benefited from the relationship with Ludovico il Moro, the Duke of Milan at that time, and how breakthrough innovations still happen today thanks to the collaboration between two people.
Pairs in innovation. Early findings →