Thursday, April 24, 2014

Either Or

What's up with the black & white approaches lately? Everything is an "either or" situation. One is a 'supporter,' 'driver' OR 'enabler.' In or out? For or against? Vanilla or chocolate?


Life is fluid and if a process requires a fixed point of view to work, then it's possibly not a very good process.

Take some approaches to innovation - research suggests we each select a role. I don't disagree but I believe the role changes with circumstances - the project, the passion, the people.

The next time someone asks me to select my favourite or to make an either /or choice, I will rebel. Roger Martin and Rotman have made inroads helping folks understand that often diametrically opposed ideas can often create the space where the best ideas are found. Diametrically opposed positions can generate new pathways too.

Drive, support AND enable. Just don't try to do it all at the same time.

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