“Has structure put your imagination into a straightjacket?” – Futurist Jim Carroll
A photo from my keynote in Orlando last week for a leading global medical products company. The quote? It’s from the gym – spatially, I’m a klutz, and apparently I could use a straightjacket to keep my plane of orientation in the right place!
Naturally, I found a way to link my spatial incompetence to the fact that the focus of many of my clients these days is a focus on collaboration: shared ideas, shared insight, shared initiatives. That’s the backstory of my event today in St. Louis a few hours from now.
Too many long standing organizations were established in the era of command-and-control leadership – military style thinking that leads to a firm, structured hierarchy.
That type of structure is the absolute enemy of innovation, because it stifles creativity, kills original thought, and smothers innovation.
Successful organizations are different – structure is gone, organic and fast teams are in.
Today, I’ll walk through a list of 15 stories of successful collaboration that I’ve seen in many of my other clients, in order to help this organization realize that they need to challenge their structure to deal with a world in which the future belongs to those who are fast!