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Mutual Validation

In 2007, Michael Gelb & Sarah Caldicott (SC) published Innovate Like Edison: The Success System of America's Greatest Inventor. It was given a different sub-title for the paperback: The Five-Step System for Breakthrough Business Success. The system is a 5-step approach with 5 elements in each. reviews show that people regard the book highly. This suggests that the ideas offered are plausible and usable. Given a thriving consulting service, there is probably a deeper validity.

If such ideas did not appear in THEE, that could suggest a deficiency. A gross discrepancy might indicate that THEE is just an elegant but misconceived philosophical abstraction. So I will quickly review the book's system, element by element using the authors' «blueprint» Chapter of questions enabling self-assessment: as provided by their website.

Download the self-assessment Chapter to check for yourself.


NOTE: Since initial posting, most of the Frameworks mentioned have been posted. Links are provided with the concluding assessment.


Did THEE validate the authors' model?

ClosedYes, because …

Did the authors' model validate THEE?

ClosedYes, because …

Does THEE add anything extra?

ClosedYes, because …


Given that every single Element (except #13) directly embodied and activated THEE entities and frameworks, the book also provides some validation for the THEE-Online conjecture: Precepts, models and tools devised and used with confidence by organizational and management consultants can be precisely located within Taxonomy Frameworks.

By understanding the Frameworks that were intuitively selected, consultants and clients could, should they so wish, get additional guidance on their use. They might, for example, foresee potential issues that often arise.

Originally posted: August 2009; Last updated 10-Nov-2010.

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