Creativity…Risky Business?

by Larry Emmott on March 4, 2010

in General,Management

More interesting thoughts from Seth Godin. What I got from this bit (you can follow the link for the whole thing) is that as employers we seek and reward staff who can follow the rules, show up on time and click the right icon.

That’s good…but really limited.

How about a team member that could see a bigger picture, understand not just the immediate task but see it in context and then not just click the right icon but develop a plan to use other lost and wandering icons in a creative way to solve problems and improve the office.

Do those people exist? How can we identify them? Are they worth the risk?

Compliance is simple to measure, simple to test for and simple to teach. Punish non-compliance, reward obedience and repeat…

To top it off, until recently the customers of a school or training program (the companies that hire workers) were buying compliance by the bushel. Initiative was a red flag, not an asset.

Of course, now that’s all changed. The economy has rewritten the rules, and smart organizations seek out intelligent problem solvers. Everything is different now. Except the part about how much easier it is to teach compliance.

via Seth’s Blog.

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