I’m speaking at an innovation conference this week in Silicon Valley. It struck me that the trouble-shooting mentality in management is related to the idea-shooting mentality that is so common in innovation. It’s easier to whack an idea than to grow one.
When a business culture plays Whack-An-Idea for too long, it no longer needs to use the mallet. The culture begins to self-edit. Ideas that seem too risky are discarded out-of-hand.
Companies either have a Whack-An-Idea culture or a Grow-An-Idea culture. Employees instinctively know which and act accordingly.
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