What happens when we give orders ? We create a culture of order taking, and a team of order takers.
What happens when we don’t ? We create a culture of innovation and a team of collaborators.
Order giving, and order taking feels very natural, very comfortable.
Centuries of our culture and civilization have made it this way. Agrarian economies requiring massive menial labor to sustain were the beginning.The industrial revolution followed, creating needs for human manufacturing automatons. This built entire societies that educate and create primarily order takers – the factories needed filling.
The legacy of that has introduced a pernicious undercurrent in the way we think about work and society, as well as how our entire educational system is setup.
We are entering an age when the greatest value we will have is to identify interesting, critical, and new questions that need answering, and then… Answering them.
So How Does That Happen ?
Innovation is required.
Also, improvisation, ad-hoc learning and prototyping.
And the benefits from multiple free minds who ensure diversity of views.
All the opportunities explored.
Order takers can’t do these things.
My philosophy on creative leadership is to create a space in the process where anybody could have the right answer.I also seek to surround myself with innovative minds that have the flexibility to bring really new ideas into being and consideration.
What happens when we give orders, is that we define rigid structures, and rigid metrics for success.
What happens when we don’t, is that we allow for the freedom of ideation and expression that leads to new experience, new solution, and new progress.
This isn’t a strictly creative based philosophy. Today’s most high performing business leaders and educators are all saying this. A new way forward is manifesting in programs like the altMBA, or the revolution in business design being fostered by Chris Do and his team at The Futur. Established halls of academia at Stanford or MIT are right there as well.
It’s not just critical for effective leadership to see this and put it into practice.
It’s actually turning out to be the defining leap of our time.