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The Innovation Paradox

Libraries love structure. They’re also incredibly (and too often this isn’t acknowledged) organizations that are full of flexibility and ambiguity. We can’t manage that out of all of our processes. We are, after all in the end, dealing with humans.
I am quoting The Heart of Innovation Blog below
“Innovation is full of it — paradox, that is. On one hand, organizations want structures, maps, models, guidelines, and systems. On the other hand, that’s all too often the stuff that squelches innovation, driving it underground or out the door.”
The essence of leadership is often maintaining a balance between these two competing issues and mindsets. You have to live like Atlas’ feet – in two worlds astride turbulent waters.

Posted on: October 17, 2009, 7:23 am Category: Uncategorized

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  1. I agree! I think of this as a balance between structure and substance. We love our rules (structure) but sometimes have a hard time remembering that service to our community is our substance. Some staff lean more towards structure, some more towards substance. Learning that dance of balance is an ongoing process and I often have two left feet!