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June 13, 2006

Does this sound like where you work?

The slow leadership blog has a great essay called How to Kill Creativity. Recommended reading for all afflicted with clueless management. Quick excerpt:

In pressure-based cultures, old ideas are continually re-hashed, new ones tested to destruction, and any spark of innovation drowned in consensus-building. An idea that can't be grasped in under five minutes by executives so distracted they can't recall the next meeting on today's schedule—or what was agreed at the last—is dead meat. There's no time to be wrong, so there's no time to be right either. Stick to what you've done before and get a move on. With such penalties for trying anything new, is it any wonder everyone quickly gets the message that, whatever fine words executives use, innovation isn't wanted or valued?

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at June 13, 2006 01:06 PM

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