The above line “connect don’t protect” stood out for me as I perused the content for this week. As I listened to the video by Steven Johnson, I spent a lot of time thinking about connecting ideas to create a new an innovative process, tool, space or resource.
When discussing the concept of protecting ideas, Johnson says: “we should spend at least as much time, or even more, valuing the premise of connecting ideas and not just protecting them.”
From this, my thoughts went to the importance of creating a workspace that fosters creativity, innovation and learning. In my EAHR 811 class (Foundations of Training and Development) we are talking about different organizational development practices including organizational learning and the change process. One key idea that has stuck with me is that the organization’s culture is driven by the organizational values. To me, this means that if an organization does not value learning and innovation then the culture will not be a workplace culture of learning and innovation. If a culture is not one of learning and innovation, I could see it being a culture of protecting ideas and not sharing resources.
My classmate, Ashley, made a great point in her blog this week about how staff meetings typically do not offer the opportunity to share resources or ideas. Not to say that her organization does not value sharing but sometimes (even unintentionally) the focus on learning and innovation gets lost in the logistical factors of everyday work. To me, this is the risk of focusing too much on performance and productivity and not enough on learning. If organizations focus more on learning then performance and innovation come as a result of that learning.
I believe that in order for organizations to remain relevant and competitive they must engage in sharing, innovation and resource sharing. I agree with the points that Steven Johnson made in his video and I argue that organizations must create a space that fosters creativity, sharing and growth that will help move their organizations to growth and allow their employees to reach their maximum potential.
As many of you work in K-12, do you feel that you have time to connect and collaborate with your coworkers? Do you feel that there is an environment that fosters collaboration?
For those of you who do not work in K-12, do you feel that your organizational values focus on learning and development? If so, does that lead to innovative practices? Also, if the values do not focus on learning and development, what is the workplace culture like? Is there still room for innovation?