“Ideas,are so fragile, so tenuous, that managers must destroy layers that can obscure or damage them. If you have an organization that is too administrative, you are just killing the ideas. As we say in France, when you ask a committee to draw a horse, you get a camel.” Maurice Levy.
And this was the end of me for my old employer. Not naming names but we were pushing out camels three times a week and standing around wondering if they were going to win the Kentucky Derby. The layers Maurice is talking about are the bankets which give the impression of administrative safety and even work, God forbid, but will eventually suffocate your business. Slowly but surely, if you are surrounding yourself with this crap, you will die.
Ideas are the cornerstones of projecting into the future. The fact business turn off the idea machine at a certain point is ridiculous by definition.
“Hey boss, I’ve got this idea that just might work!”
“Oh, I’m sorry didin’t they tell you, we stopped taking new ideas on board three years ago.”
Run. This is my advice. Run and don’t look back. I don’t know who said it but for every successful business someone somewhere made a courageous decision. Are you making courageous decisions or are you covering yourself with blankets?