Re: Boring firms `are killing creativity' in the workplace

Keith Cowan (
Sat, 10 Dec 1994 17:01:46 -0500 (EST)

> > Most of this boring consensus BS is causing many firms
> > to slowly crash and burn. Some even qquickly!
> I'm not sure if we're on the same line of thought there, Keith.
> I *don't mean* that consensus is boring! especially not if consensus
> is achieved in an organization (team, department etc.) where we have
> a lot of diversity, in the way people are thinking, behaving ....
> Roland Foerster
I should clarify that by boring consensus I was referring to the watered
down politically correct actions that are often the result of "groupthink"
in an ingrown organization.

I did not mean to imply that dramatic actions should not strive for
consensus. The reality in my experience is that firms that flourish have
the benefit of a leader who selects tough choices and pushes on in spite
of dissidents, demanding their loyalty and support along the way. I would not
classify such an organization as "boring"...

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