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Without collaboration, innovation stalls. "Midnight lunch" was the unique practice Thomas Edison used to power collaboration within his innovation colossus. True collaboration has four phases: ...

Without collaboration, innovation stalls. "Midnight lunch" was the unique practice Thomas Edison used to power collaboration within his innovation colossus. True collaboration has four phases: Capacity, Context, Coherence, and Complexity. Learn how to apply them in the digital era!

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  • LynnHazan Lynn Hazan, President at Lynn Hazan & Associates, Inc. The original flex time arrangement! Edison was also smart to recognize that productivity and output went hand in hand by having staff work together. I wonder what would have happened if his staff had worked virtually. I'm sure they would not have seen the same results. 9 months ago
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  • scaldicott scaldicott Great question, Lynn! Amazingly, Edison actually had flexible work hours. On the whole, people could come to the lab whenever they wished as long as they clocked their full time alotment. This enabled teams to be creative throughout the day. For urgent projects, teams literally slept in shifts at the lab. My great great aunt Mina actually put a cot in Edison's office for this purpose (otherwise he would sleep on his desk...). You can see the cot to this day at the Menlo Park and West Orange facilities, as well as at the Fort Myers lab in FL. Hope this addresses your question! 9 months ago
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  • scaldicott scaldicott @LynnHazan Great question, Lynn! Amazingly, Edison allowed flexible work hours. This enabled teams to be creative throughout the entire day. As long as people 'clocked their time,' on the whole, they could choose when to work. When there was an urgent project at hand however, people often literally slept at the lab, in shifts. My great great aunt Mina put a cot in Edison's office for this purpose! You can still see these cots to this day at the Menlo Park and West Orange facilities in NJ, and at Fort Myers, FL. Hope this offers some insight to your question! 9 months ago
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  • LynnHazan Lynn Hazan, President at Lynn Hazan & Associates, Inc. I love the Midnight Lunch concept. My big question... at what time did everyone come back to work in the am? Were the staff productive during the day? I wonder how many big ideas and breakthroughs happened on the late shift. 9 months ago
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