I truly believe that creating an environment where people can freely express themselves without fear is the single biggest thing any organization, large and small, can do to be more innovative.
Innovation is hard, it doesn’t happen by following a tried and true cookie cutter approach. It often begins when someone begins to think and act differently, usually in isolation, from the rest of an organization; challenging convention.
Anyone who achieves great things in any domain has the courage to be wrong. This means you’re willing to go against convention and look like an idiot. This is one characteristic that separates game-changers from everyone else; and it’s very uncommon.
How many times have you heard someone say something like “it’s not my fault, this or that happened”? I hear it everyday, and you do too. I have a very close friend who I nicknamed “The King of Excuses”, because he always has an excuse for anything.
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. This is for all of you who feel miserable, are doubting yourself and feel like giving up. Please don’t. Entrepreneurship, doing anything that changes the games, is hard!
Benchmarking is stupid. The only reason I recommend benchmarking, analyzing another company, is to learn what not to do. But most organizations don’t think this way. They analyze and copy what competitors do without a worry about whether their practices will work for them or not; including culture.