Does Smartest Guy in the Room Kill Innovation?
In a recent blog post, I gave some views on why executives do not get innovation. Carolyn Merkel added an interesting comment on this:
“I also think ego gets in the way. I have often listened to the CEO make comments like “now, I’m not the smartest guy in the room…” when it is clear that he thinks that he IS the smartest guy in the room, and then, when he doesn’t understand the innovation, he dismisses it.”
I believe there is some truth to this, but since I only have an outside view being a speaker and advisor, I would appreciate hearing from corporate people on this. Is this a big issue – not just with the CEO but also with executives and managers in general?
Stefan Lindegaard is a speaker, network facilitator and strategic advisor who focus on the topics of open innovation, intrapreneurship and how to identify and develop the people who drive innovation
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