The 10x approach is a mindset we all need. The good thing is; it fits any job description. You can be a caterer, caretaker or as most of you who will read this- lecturers (or close enough). The approach is one widely used by Google and is all about making whatever solution you are developing ten times better, instead of marginal shifts. Here is an excerpt from one of their publications:
The notion of “10x thinking” is at the heart of how we innovate at Google. To putthe idea simply: true innovation happens when you try to improve something by10 times rather than by 10%.Astro Teller’s job title is Captain of Moonshots at Google X—the division of Googlethat focuses on producing major technological advances, like self-driving cars.Teller describes 10x thinking this way: “If you want cars to run at 50 mpg, fine, youcan retool your car a little bit. But if I tell you a car has to run on a gallon of gas for500 miles, you have to start over.”In other words, a 10x goal forces you to rethink an idea entirely. It pushes youbeyond existing models and forces you to totally re-imagine how to approach it.Google Glass is an example of 10x thinking in action. Rather than focus on smallimprovements to the mobile devices we’re all familiar with—our smartphones—weset out to entirely rethink the mobile experience, deliver hands-free information andlet users “talk” with the Internet via natural-language voice commands. That led usto re-imagine the form factor and tackle all sorts of design and operability issuesand use cases.