The name ‘The Medici effect’ is taken from the ‘The House of Medici’ an Italian banking and political family that funded and supported innovations in art, finance, and music. These innovations included ideas ranging from double-entry bookkeeping, Opera to the piano.
What jumped out at me was:
This is an important book that explores why we need to look at the intersections between different siloed disciplines to see breakthroughs. The book goes on to help us explore how looking at the same problem from various places gives new insight and discovery.
I also really enjoyed the way the author brought to light why diversity is essential in this process as diverse thinkers bring not only themselves to the problem but also their network of contacts and relationships.
There is also some wonderful thinking here about the quantity and quality of ideas. My key takeaway here is that it’s important to have a good quantity of ideas so then you can pick the quality ones out. This type of thinking has been borne out by many successful characters including Alexander Graham Bell and Richard Branson.
Operating at the intersection as the author describes it is a fantastic place though slightly scary at times. What it gives you is the opportunity to create innovative ideas and new spaces with the threshold for success often lower because no one else is operating there.
Think about it if you want to become the very best in your field you have to compete with everyone who has gone before you and everyone who is trying to do it now. If you want to achieve something at the intersection you may be the only person or team in that field so your bar to success is far lower.
I believe neurodivergent individuals naturally gravitate towards the intersection of different fields and ideas.
Why read this book?
It’s insightful and engaging and has been a bestseller for a number of years and has been included in many academic programs. If you take on board what is written here it will change your attitude to innovation and potentially increase your opportunity for success.
This is my take on The Medici effect book review it would be great to hear your thoughts.