Fear, if acted upon in a positive manner, could be the cause for innovation.
All children are highly creative. By the time they grow up, only a small percentage continues to be so. Is it because we create fears in our children? Unfortunately, workplaces too act in ways that reinforce and feed these fears.
The fear of failure is a dominant one – by being over-protective and making people dependent upon those in authority (parents, teachers, bosses), we prevent people from experimenting, taking risks and the joy of discovery. Innovative organisations take pains to reduce this negative force. Creating ‘budgets’ for making mistakes and learning from them; sharing of learning from failures and appreciation of those who challenge the status-quo – are several steps these progressive companies take. Read More