In trying to standardize things have I put so many rules and procedures in place that I’m killing innovation?

As we grow, we have the opportunity to create procedures and standards into place that make us more efficient and less likely to repeat failures. This is a good thing and usually reflects a growth in the maturity of our organization. However, after several years of building the repeatable procedures and infrastructure for a stable organization, we will often see a reduction in our innovation. Stability is often at odds with innovation – and seeking a balance between the two has to be intentional. If stability wins out, the organization will be efficient and results will be predictable, but risk-taking and innovation will be reduced. If there is too much focus on innovation and creativity, then there will usually be more new ideas than the organization has the capacity to take on and a growing frustration with the lack of process and stability.

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