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Posted by kaetalist on May 24, 2011

Does your Structure help or hinder Innovation?

The traditional top-down structure in organizations can be a powerful inhibitor to innovation. It is a reflection of a command and control style of leadership where orders are issued at the top and followed by the ranks. People lower down the organization who have great ideas can feel inhibited about promoting them. They feel it is disrespectful to challenge the command chain. Most modern businesses try to overcome this with open communication and employee empowerment. But there is a more radical alternative – destroy the hierarchy altogether. This may seem radical, but like a crossroads with the traffic lights off, it's amazing to watch the adaption and limited damage that results.

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