Do Implementing “Best Practices” Stifle Creativity/Innovation?
Posted by Plish on January 26, 2009
“Companies have defined so much ‘best practice’ that they are now more or less identical.” — Joseph Kunde, Unique Now…or Never
We all have seen, heard, or read references to “Best Practices”‘ as being a road to success. Kunde’s astute observation challenges us.
Are we so involved in adopting “Best Practices” that we are losing our unique, tactical edges? Can “Best Practices” result in all our solutions to big problems looking alike and do they really advance innovation?
Just today the Pfizer/Wyeth merger seems to answer “Yes”, “Yes” and “No” respectively.
Yes, there are times and places for instituting “Best Practices”. They are to be used when the road is poorly marked, when the strategy is one of staying the course.
But, when the goal is to bring new innovations to the world, to out-battle those bigger and stronger, to zig when others zag, the “Best Practices” enacted should be those that empower us, people, your team,
to be authentic,
dynamic individuals –
that together –
are greater than the sum of their parts.