I always enjoy visiting Silicon Valley. Great people, great insights and great weather! I am full of inspiration, new thoughts and ideas every time I fly back home and I believe many corporate innovators could benefit strongly from spending a few days in this environment.
Some companies go all the way and set up their own operations as described in this interesting article in Wall Street Journal: Mining Silicon Valley’s Culture: Big Companies SetUp Outposts in Search of New Ideas but Some Falter
Here you can read about the Silicon Valley endeavors of companies such as BMW, General Electric, Wal-Mart and others. The article offers good insights including this one:
“The companies that achieved success learned to insinuate themselves into the region’s ecosystems, taking advantage of what others created but also adding innovations of their own. They figured out ways to successfully collaborate and strike partnerships, and, most critically, devised ways to transmit what they learned throughout their organizations.”
But less than setting up your own organization could work. Before the infamous financial crisis struck, I often organized study tours for corporate innovators and why not get started with this again.
The tours are quite exclusive. We will only be 6-8 people who get to know each other well as we drive around for 8-10 visits during a two-day stretch. All participants will be interviewed before the visit in order to fit the program to their needs.
Let me know if this could be of interest to you and your company. Hopefully, we can do a trip this fall.