People are full of contradictions. Organizations are no different.
e.g. There is so much talk about innovation. But in my experience most organizations and people do not want to change. We fear change.
One of the few real reasons to change is imminent disaster. And we'll wait until the last possible moment before we act. But not changing continually will definitely bring about disaster sooner or later. We all know that. But still we fear change and the responsibilities that go along with it. So we just hope it will be later. But for many companies later is now.
So we try to manage change, control it. We want controlled change and controlled innovation. But this is a contradiction. Innovation is venturing into the unknown. Experimenting, letting things happen, observing. Control is the last thing you'll have or need. Adaptability is the key.
Innovation is (often) about stuff, hardware, products, speed, competition and is sometimes disconnected from reality. Adaptability is about behavior, evolution, life and being connected.
So my suggestion (and I'm thinking out loud): Let's stop talking and thinking in terms of innovation and let's start designing systems for adaptability.
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