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Unstated, But Deeply Rooted

Maturity is a state that most companies eventually reach. To break out of – or avoid – maturity, innovation is required: new products or services, new marketing or markets, more of what is different, not more of the same. – Russell Ackoff

Not only is “maturity” reached by most orgs, it is actively pursued in order to fulfill an unstated, but deeply rooted amygdalayian desire to transition from org to borg. The hilarity of the situation is that while a “maturing” org’s behaviors and processes unceasingly and silently nudge it toward rigid borgdom, the esteemed leadership continuously cries out for innovation. Do as I say, not as I do. D’oh!

  1. aawwa
    April 9, 2012 at 3:54 am

    One CEO we had developed a strategy called “Permission to Think!” encouraging staff to be innovative. The only problem was that everyone was terrified of him!

    Lorraine 🙂

    • April 9, 2012 at 5:41 am

      Fear of the upper echelons is either a side effect or an intention of borganizational design.

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