Kathy writes an amazing post (complete with Zombie graphs) Knocking the exuberance out of employees. What kind of employees do you want? Those that fit in the cube “team player types” or those that think for themselves, bring new ideas and challenge standards.
“If you knock out exuberance, you knock out curiosity, and curiosity is the single most important attribute in a world that requires continuous learning and unlearning just to keep up. If we knock out their exuberance, we’ve also killed their desire to learn, grow, adapt, innovate, and care. So why do we do it?”
Does your company reward creativity? How about risk? How about failure? Innovative companies like Google do, although they’ve recently pulled in the reigns, creative passion and X% of time to work on passion projects are encouraged.
Are new ideas from the ranks rewarded? embraced?