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Fear and Ego Curtail Innovation

November 11, 2010


Upon reading this short, but quite informative story in the link provided above (“Why Your Company is at Risk if Your Employees Won’t Take Risks”) I was struck by past memories of my career.  As an US Air Force officer (Captain), I remembered how shocked and nerve-racked my superiors were when I conducted emergency response exercises without a checklist, using grenade simulators or having ACTUAL emergency vehicles respond to an exercise drill inside of a weapons storage area.  I looked back at past careers outside of the Air Force as those supervisors cringed and sought numerous pounds of flesh when a mistake occurred in the name of innovation or being competitive.  This article is an enlightening breath of fresh air!

An organization, team, company, entity, etc., I feel, is predisposed to failure when it uses arcane and egocentric management practices of the industrial age.  Organizational success is achieved upon the foundation of respect, innovation, communication and calculated risk-taking.  Gone are the days when one could live upon the laurels of title and position simply because it is on an organizational chart.  The 21st Century organization and workers value risk takers who fail, as well as those who succeed.  Lessons are learned, documented as alternative approaches are examined and implemented when that ONE idea is a success.  Leading an organization by fear, as well as allowing one’s myopic ego to overshadow innovation, is an  assured guarantee of failure.


Is the U. S. economy stronger than you think?

February 18, 2010

**This post is my response to a thought-provoking question originated by “Marc” in LinkedIn. Unfortunately, I lost where I saw Marc’s question posted.  Marc presented quantitative information that supports a thinking the economy is stronger than one believes it is.  “Marc” deserves credit for this primer.  Following is my response:**

Personally and professionally, Marc, I feel the US economy is in a steady, albeit comparative and laboriously slow improvement.  Without creating a political debate as to if 2009’s Stimulus Legislation “saved” or “created” my sense of optimism, a practical person can see the proverbial “light at the end of the Great Recession tunnel”.  Further, I am fervently optimistic this light is not a freight train towing a load of continued despair speeding toward us.

I concur the numbers, reports and by my own professionally developed sense of business cycles that the US economy is getting stronger.  One example my research reveals is a noticeable up-tick in the number of employment opportunities seeking resources such as Sales Manager, Business Development Director, Sales Director, Market Manager, and the like.  In my opinion, these postings reveal businesses, and many of them are small-businesses of less than 500 personnel, are carefully and methodically positioning themselves to take advantage of anticipated growth that will emerge via 21st Century innovative practices.  Many business professionals understand they need capital in order to grow.  Increased hiring and training a strategically fine-tuned phalanx of motivated Sales Managers will generate resources needed to grow and prosper.

In full disclosure, I remain a wee-bit wary of what lies beyond the unforeseen ridge of this country’s return to consistent strength.  My research and strategic planning experience point to many variables for calculation within and throughout this journey.  Variables such as political confusion, potential terrorism, persistent media flowing throughout every conduit one receives information, interaction of global financial structures…the variables are numerous.  However, these obstacles can be surmounted.

First, I feel this new information age and the human animal’s access to anything –  news, ATM’s, online movies, mounds of confusing and improperly managed information – has distorted reasonable thinking.  I feel since one can have what they want, when and as fast as how they want it, leads one to believe the same occurs when repairing the deep damage of the Great Recession.  My strategic enterprise-wide management skills and experience, coupled with past military police training, has taught me that successful, methodical, practical progress creates implementable and long-term success.  A return to practicality and using lucid, planned metrics, in my opinion, is imperative.

Finally, the previously mentioned obstacles are overcome by a return to basic values.  Trust, confidence, collaboration, focus, unity, integrity and, most importantly, eliminate fear.  Fear is a motivator and a debilitation at the same time.  No personal achievement, innovation or major economic recovery, I feel, materialized because potential results are feared.  Our nation WILL return to prosperity and growth when fear is either managed or removed.  Success is achieved when a return to common sense leadership and optimistic courage permeates the American psyche.  This is how our nation recovered from the rubble of the Great Depression.  This is how WE WILL emerge from the Great Recession.

Innovative Business Practice

October 15, 2009

I found this Wall Street Journal article, M.B.A.s Seek Social Change, which is a great example of how businesses will have to accept a new 21st Century mindset.  It seems that business schools are nurturing future business leaders to be creative in how they relate to their customers and their environment.

Businesses that maintain an antiquated 20th Century, industrial age mindset will certainly go the way of the dinosaur.  Businesses must take the time to strategically plan for growth that is a benefit to, not abuse, their environment.  Out-of-the-box thinking and applications will help an organization successfully market it as a green friend of the environment.