The hard truth about innovative cultures

The hard truth about innovative cultures

Gary Pisano

Tolerance for failure, willingness to experiment, psychological safety, highly collaborative, and nonhierarchical – these traits define innovative cultures and they are universally loved, yet hard to implement, writes Gary Pisano in this Harvard Business Review article. The reason is that there is another side of the coin that get less attention. In order for innovative cultures to work, organizations must also have an intolerance for incompetence, rigorous discipline, brutal candor, a high level of individual accountability, and strong leadership. In this article, Pisano breaks down each of these “less fun” traits, and how leaders must address each one. 

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