#299 from Innovative
Leader Volume 6, Number 9
You Really Interested in the Company’s Future?
I’ve been with
my company for a bit more than two years.
I pride myself in being creative.
However, whenever I have an idea that strays too far from
the “plan,” my boss quickly dismisses it as “not worth
pursuing.” The problem is, our group’s “plan” is his plan. He devised
it, and believes there can be no modifications; certainly no
significant changes. Therefore,
he views any opinion for an improvement as being an opinion
He won’t spend
any time discussing these non-standard ideas. He’d definitely be upset if I presented the ideas to his
The old-timers in
my department have all given up their creativity.
They let the boss take all responsibilities for program
design. They just
“do their job” in following his plan.
It’s not worth it to disrupt his day and be the brunt of
his wrath—and get the predictable “no” answer.
Now, these ideas
I have, while they deviate from the plan, are ideas that improve
the way we would reach our goals—the same
goals as in the plan.
When I present the ideas to others in the department, they
agree that the ideas, if implemented, would improve our
my ideas are the same that my colleagues previously thought of,
but didn’t pursue. My latest idea had to do with a faster way to package a
product, with the additional bonus of saving money.
My boss, it’s
quite clear, has little interest in helping our company innovate.
He has little interest in the company’s future.
I don’t know if his attitude stems from laziness, not
wanting to disrupt the status quo, or from a super-inflated ego
that tells him that his ideas are the best ones.
I try to be as
non-confrontational as possible when I tell him about an idea.
When he realizes that it isn’t in his plan, he stops
even tried to get together with several colleagues, who like my
idea, to approach him. They
know that the boss will be even angrier when a bunch of us stick
together—in his mind—against him. So that
has not worked.
One of our
executives subscribes to Innovative
she’s interested in the company’s future, she had better do
something about our department. That’s why I’ve written this. I’m also guessing that
there are many other bosses standing in the way of their
organization’s ability to innovate.
How can a company, that stresses the need to be
What I’m doing
now is looking for a position with another company.
There’s no way I can develop my skills here.
I need to be creative.
Just having ideas isn’t enough to satisfy me.
They have to be pursued, or rejected for reasons that I can