This presentation contains the insights I’ve developed from a couple of years of looking at organizational demographics. The idea of Organizational Aikido is that organizations naturally want to evolve in a certain way. Leading them means understanding the natural tendencies and leaving them alone unless you want to work really hard.

The key to maintaining an innovative culture is never letting people stay in one job for too long. The natural tendency of an organization is to generate feudal empires based on tenure. These self contained fiefdoms are the opposite of innovation. On the other hand, they are perfect places for intense incremental improvement.

That’s one of the interesting notions from the research. Innovation and Incremental Improvement are opposite tendencies and are very difficult to contain in the same organization.

 
  • http://hrmarketer.blogspot.com/ Kevin W. Grossman

    As per usual you pack a wallop in incremental spaces. We definitely migrate to the status quo with the focus on incremental change, but not without “tinkering” with the model – encouraging autonomy and some risk-taking in order to facilitate new ideas for the way we “conduct” business, inside and out. Can’t we have sandboxes in the classroom? Isn’t that the Montessori method?

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