Fear of failure is one of the biggest enemies of innovation; really of any type of progress or transformation. Leaders who aspire to have an organization that can transform itself and evolve have to create an environment, a culture, where it’s safe to fail.
I don’t know that there’s a research report that shows how rampant competition focused mindset is vs a customer focused one. But, you instinctively know this if you spend anytime in the world of business. And you’re probably more focused on studying your competitors than you are your customers.
Who are you going to call when shit hits the fan? Most of the time it’s yourself. You run towards danger with the intent of getting things under control. But putting out fires isn’t a leaders real job, nor should he / she spend her time doing so all the time. You need people who can help and not be so reliant on you.
Want to kill creativity and innovation in your organization? Most organizations are creativity and innovation inept, and it’s mostly out of their own doing. Why and how? As organizations become successful, their approaches are reinforced and they become even more resistant to change.
Most of the significant problems in society involve people, so making progress on these problems requires a deep understanding of people. However, it is very easy to be wrong about other people’s motivations. Specifically, how the act and why they do so. We make assumptions based on how we see the world and so we’re often wrong.
As a leader, your objective is to put your company in a position to be successful consistently. As part of this objective, you have to determine how to best achieve that and what set of capabilities to you need to develop or acquire in order to do so. No capability is more important than the ability to reinvent your company; the ability to innovate.