Squelch creativity and lose

Tom Peters talks about Freaks and Geeks and how important it is for companies to protect these unique invidiuals.  I’ve included some thoughts from Hugh MacLeod in this book  “Ignore Everybody”.  What do you think about his  perspective:

This is an excerpt form his book – “chapter 9”.  I’ve deleted some pieces to get closer to the message.

Companies that squelch creativity can no longer compete with companies that champion creativity.

Since the modern, scientifically conceived corporation was invented … creativity has been sacrificed in favor of forwarding the interests of the “team player.”

There’s only one problem.  Team players are not very good at creating value on their own.  They are not autonomous; they need a team in order to exist.  So noe corporations are awash with nonautonomous thinkers.  “I don’t know.  What do you think?”  And so on.

Creating an economically viable entity where lack of original thought is handsomely rewarded creates a rich, fertile environment for parasites to breed.  And that’s exactly what’s been happening.  So now we have millions upone millions of human tapeworms thriving in the Western world, making love to their PowerPoint presentations.  Feasting on the creativity of others. 

What happens to an econoloy when the parasite level reaches critical mass?  The econology dies.

If you’re creative, if you can think independently, if you can articulate passion, if you can override the fear of being wrong, then your company needs you now more than it ever did.


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