Barriers to sharing from Chris Collison

13 April 2011

Four syndromes that prevent the development of a marketplace for ideas in an organisation -only 5 minutes!

On the supply-side:

  • Tall poppy syndrome: the tallest poppy is the first to be cut off
  • Shirking violet syndrome: I am not sure I’ve got a good idea, let’s leave it to the central services people, to the experts

On the demand-side:

  • Not invented here syndrome: corporate antibodies that try to resist new ideas that come from outside the team or the organisation
  • Real men don’t ask directions: this is self-explanatory (although this also applies to women)