innovation-copy“When it comes to innovation, the same hard-won experience, best practices, and processes that are the cornerstones of an organization’s success may be more like millstones that threaten to sink it. Said another way, the weight of what we know, expecially what we collectively ‘know,’ kills innovation…Why can knowledge and experience be so lethal to innovation? Because when we become expert, we often trade ‘what if’ flights of fancy for the grounded reality of ‘what is.’” Cynthia Barton Rabe

So much good stuff in Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things in Extraordinary Ways

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The Weight of What We Know Kills Innovation