In preparation for writing this post, I came across this:
“Don’t hire intelligent, creative people. Creative employees are nothing but trouble. Don’t hire them, I tell you. Let the intelligent people go back to college or start their own business or bother someone else with their constant ideas and questions and high energy. You can live without that trouble.”
This was written by Fred W. Spannaus, principal of Spannaus Consulting. He proceeds to give a list of reasons (they talk back; they never listen; they can be right frequently; you need to earn their respect, etc.) all of which of course takes time and effort on the part of supervisors and colleagues.
As I read this tongue-in-cheek piece (at least I hoped so!), I realized that many of us have worked at organizations where we probably were convinced that the managers didn’t want any new ideas, or to be challenged on existing protocols, or to have to continue to prove their worth — because if we hadn’t, where would the phrase “think outside the box” have come from?
Yet, we are also pretty sure that there isn’t a company who would admit to wanting to crush every new idea, make their employees feel constrained at every turn. In fact, most companies, regardless of industry, probably use the word “creative” or “innovative” to describe their products, offerings, or staff. Read the rest of this entry »