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Idea sharing in organizations


Not surprising, since most organizations have a normal distribution oriented approach to performance measurement. In any normal distribution oriented place, people begin to think that the only way in which they can get ahead is at the expense of other people. Clearly, this is not a good environment for idea sharing.

I had read a book by Jerry Harvey called How Come Every Time I Get Stabbed in the Back My Fingerprints Are on the Knife? : And Other Meditations on Management, in which he talks about how he encourages his class to cheat on exams, therby ensuring that the quantity of 'good work' relative to bad work goes up. People inherently want to help each other, but in some environments (such as classrooms), this is referred to as cheating. Harvey turns this whole notion upside down. The following link gives a gist of Harvey's ideas.

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