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Management kills innovation

I was listening to a podcast on innovation recently, and the speaker made the point that good management eliminates innovation. I agree. Management is concerned about achieving clear intentions and duplicating particular results. Innovation, in contrast, is concerned with achieving new objectives…and pushing boundaries. Management and innovation are completely different activities. I’ve seen this article several times today – A Struggle Between Efficiency And Creativity: “Efficiency programs such as Six Sigma are designed to identify problems in work processes—and then use rigorous measurement to reduce variation and eliminate defects. When these types of initiatives become ingrained in a company’s culture, as they did at 3M, creativity can easily get squelched. After all, a breakthrough innovation is something that challenges existing procedures and norms. “Invention is by its very nature a disorderly process…”"