Friday, November 11, 2005

Control might prevent Innovation.

What would happen if an organization decide to let go trying to control information? Or dare we say knowledge?

I imagine people would automatically feel more confortable. I am not including in this sentence not monitoring what is happening. This means let things happen but make sure you make yourself aware on what is going on, so that you can actually learn and take action.

I was reading a book called "The little book of letting go" and it explains in the first chapter how we adults want to control everything, be right all the time and keep judging life , and that certainly happens to me. Looking at children, they are happy because they are not concerned about those three things. They are focused on today, now, and they have little time for unnecesary thoughts. In order to be trully creative we might need to let go control , and let things flow but monitor them, read feedback closely, learn and adjust.

We can create a friendlier system by "allowing" sharing information instead of blocking people , we can make monitoring and notifying the core funtionality in the system so that a lot more can be done without having manual processes.

An example would be how banks perform a lot of their in house development. They do not have automated tools to check and test the software, generating a big amount of flaws and in consecuence a lot of time spent into fixing those. They could resort to use automated tools to improve the efficiency and reducing cost because if we can write a law it could be " If you want to reduce costs, you need efficiency". Now a days we need to automate more to reduce errors.


Blogger lemora said...

Yes, this is a strong call to be kids again even if it was a long time ago now! Letting the control go is something that everybody wants for "thyself" but not for your neighbor. You want everybody else controlled. So that happens equally with information you are perceiving from others. You want to be sure the information you receive is accurate and naive, meaning it doesn´t have a hidden agenda.

So, creativity I think has it´s own snapping way out but there will always be the "controller" (your own company, government, you name it) that monitors what´s happening -or will happen- with information because who manages this knowledge manages it´s environment to its will. Then the point is not about friendlier systems, blocking or not blocking. I think the main point is: Why are we implementing this knowledge system? What is the final purpose of it anyway? Just get people more knowledgeable for the sake of it looks like non-sense. I mean: is the purpose established a-priori or is it found in the way accidentally ?

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