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A government innovation oxymoron?: How to quash innovation

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There is a video making the rounds on YouTube that a friend sent it along to me this morning — and it demonstrates how agencies (and most large organizations) quash innovation.

NPR also did a story about the piece this morning.

I don’t think this is unique to government — it happens in most large organizations. We’ve all be there — where you have somebody who doesn’t understand that there are no bad ideas. Instead, some ideas just need more crafting then others, but once you damage your idea factory, it is very difficult to rebuild.

So, I ask you — how realistic is this? (Comments always welcome.)

Written by cdorobek

February 9, 2009 at 9:54 AM

Posted in innovation

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  1. That just made me cry a little because I live elements of it every day as a government contractor. I have made suggestion after suggestion to improve process, save money and encourage efficiency and have been told, “Don’t try and fix us. That is the way we do it.”

    anonymous

    February 9, 2009 at 11:20 AM

  2. schedule and within requirements. Even if it doesn’t make sense. I’ve seen it a dozen times.

    Michael E Kuffel

    February 9, 2009 at 12:24 PM

  3. […] February 9, 2009 · No Comments Interesting semi-official video from NASA about their management culture (hat tip Dorobek Insider): […]

  4. Quite honestly, this is daily life in the world of business.

    anonymous

    February 9, 2009 at 8:27 PM


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