Success Hacking takes a very experimental and evidence based approach to achieving outcomes. Target. Do. Observe. Learn.
Success Hacking can be applied to any pursuit. I have chosen the three examples below based on recent experience and I will expand on these. These are very organisationally or business focused. You can apply it at an individual level too as I do – see my Dharma Hacker post. As Herbert Otto said, “change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life”.
From an organisational and business point of view, the world around us has become very complex and is constantly in flux. The only constant is change and the only certainty is uncertainty.
Data is in abundance. In itself, it is only a contributor to complexity. Deriving meaning from it though purposeful experiments is where opportunity lies. These days, as software eats the world, the opportunity to build applications, services and experiences lie everywhere. So too the possibility to collect and understand the data behind them.
The success hacker learns by doing and observing outcomes (and reading the data “tea leaves”), progressing quickly with what works, discarding what doesn’t. They don’t believe in elaborate plans, seeing experimentation as the new planning.
The success hacker is the chief experimenter, sensemaker and intrapreneur in your organisation. Nurture them.
Organisations can and should attend to some basic needs but to succeed going forward they need to become engines of possibility. Creativity and innovation are excellent aspirations for the modern organisation to actualise around. Also for the Success Hacker. In other words, the outcomes we strive for should aim to create new possibilities, new innovations. More on that here: The Modern Organisation’s Hierarchy of Needs.
Below is a breakdown of various activities which represent the Success Hacking approach that I am active with. In most cases I link to blog posts that go into detail so follow the links.