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Creativity in Corporations

06 Jul

As Hugh MacLeod says here:

Since the modern, scientifically-conceived corporation was invented in the early half of the Twentieth Century, creativity has been sacrificed in favor of forwarding the interests of the “Team Player”.

…There’s only one problem. Team Players are not very good at creating value on their own. They are not autonomous; they need a team in order to exist. So now corporations are awash with non-autonomous thinkers.

Creating an economically viable entity where lack of original thought is handsomely rewarded creates a rich, fertile environment for parasites to breed. And that’s exactly what’s been happening. So now we have millions upon millions of human tapeworms thriving in the Western World, making love to their Powerpoint presentations, feasting on the creativity of others.

What happens to an ecology, when the parasite level reaches critical mass? The ecology dies.

Somehow this does not seem to be a fashionable view nowadays! Most companies would rather reward “team-workers” than intensely creative/productive stand-alone go-getters, despite the fact that the latter get things done! And then, managers have the temerity to act shocked when the most productive guys are the first to leave!!

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Posted by on July 6, 2006 in Biz/Tech, Links

 

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