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How To Kill Your Company

Destroying a company is something many managers are doing without noticing and sometimes they think they are doing well. Perhaps the incline in quotas or sales have proven their expertise and success of their methods. Many factors can lead one to believe they are great. I agree, but maybe not great enough.

Do A, before you do B. Don’t do B then A, even if it works, they say. Routine work is the main core idea of economics theory. Economists rave over the idea of routine work, or in technical jargon, specialisation, where a person gets better at their job as they do it more often. There is little reason then for error to occur because it is a repeated task, which eventually becomes a habit and hence higher productivity rates. That is true. Routine work has proven to be effective in manufacturing and other industries, but there is a caveat. It does not do well in breeding innovation. Can you imagine the incubators at Silicon Valley using the same processes for all their products? Where then is the disruption if everything attends to the status quo?

Routine work, without any thought, is ineffective and stymies creative process and innovation. It makes individuals wary to think beyond the box because anything they do can be perceived to be disruptive. That is not the culture that anyone should instill unless they are manufacturing lightbulbs. If a good idea is in the works, it should be made known and considered.

The above is quite idealistic - not because it really is impossible, but because people do not know how to make it possible. We are always so wary of creating any form of disruption, even if it is positive.

The main point that I am trying to underline is that to create a conducive environment for the proliferation of ideas, it is increasingly important to promote the right culture. Everyone, so long as they are a member of an organisation, needs to know the sort of company culture they wish to incorporate and live in. The incorporation of ideals can be done through planning and more discussion with other members. Change can also be touted as a ripple, where you can be the first droplet to catalyse these. It is important, henceforth, to understand how to do it.

Let us start a discussion about how we can create an environment that is beneficial for the company, and for yourself. Tell us!


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