John Steen has a very good take on why many firms fail. Check it out here. Anyone who has been in a corporate environment, small business environment, or, most likely, any organization will recognize what Steen (and many others) call “dominant logic.”
For many, there is a very well-defined ‘right’ way to do things. Uniformity is an end in itself, and bounds are not pushed. While curing human nature is not likely to happen, I’d propose one way to start is having everyone read Fooled By Randomness by my main man, Nassim Taleb. There will be a quiz, and no, there is no highly organized structure that allows you to read only chapter summaries. Off you go.
- Fooled by Randomness (bigfatbooksinapage.wordpress.com)
- Being “Completely Ignorant of Everything” is a Very Bad Idea (economistsview.typepad.com)