“All too often the act of the innovator, that stroke of genius, is in spite of the company system, not because of the company system.”
- Craig Wynett, Chief Innovation Officer, Procter & Gamble
Alan Murray blogged today in the Wall Street Journal that management is dead. Within hours Tom Peters tweeted: “Guarantee: Hierarchy will NEVER disappear. Period. Take it to the bank.”
I think they’re both right. Of course, people have been talking about the power of creative destruction and blowing up hierarchies to foster engagement, collaboration, and innovation for years. Whether unintentional or flat-out malicious, the enemies of innovation include:
True innovation supporters and collaborators are generous, encouraging, and inspiring. Stay close to the real McCoy.