Thursday, April 16, 2009

innovation inspires complaint

the creation of a new life system often requires a specialized "container" because established systems are naturally hostile to the "other," the "outsider," the "alien." the normal chemistry of an adult human body would be toxic to an embryo, just as the mainstream culture of an organization is often toxic to the innovators it spawns. and when the organizational immune system kicks in, innovators often find themselves ignored, ostracized, or worse.

- taken from one of the classics, "presence" by peter senge

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