I am always happily surprised by how impossible it is to extinguish the human spirit. People who had been given up for dead in their organizations find new energy and become great innovators once conditions change and they feel welcomed back.
Plant workers who worked for thirty years under an autocratic manager reawaken as creative contributors when a new, participative leader arrives. A professor who’d been holed up in his office for many years waiting for retirement becomes a national speaker representing his university’s new initiative because he cares about it so deeply.
How do we acknowledge that everyone is a potential innovator? How can we evoke the innate human need to create?
The capacity to create and ...