When great entrepreneurial companies grow, they hire legal staff and build a HR-department and this is the tipping point; this is where the adaptability stops.
Today the IKEA founder (a young look-alike, think-alike) Ingvar Kamprad would not be hired by IKEA. The reason is simple: He is a free thinker. He does not fit in.
Inside the corporates, there are myths about core-business, traditions and “we have never done it this way before”. When words like these are used; put on your helmet and brace yourself. The end may not be imminent but it’s in the plan. Change is never welcome and the intuitive response to fight it is part of our DNA.
Buzz words like “traditions” and “core-business” touch our emotions and cannot be fought with logical or rational arguments. In order to start changing a business we need to fight the invisible stuff that stick to the wallpaper.
Innovations as a way forward sounds sexy and tempting. But it does not start with artificial collaborations – it starts with new wallpaper.