Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Competition and Creativity cannot co-exist

I have been interested in the topic of creativity recently and have been reading articles on it. Apparently, someone believed that a competitive spirit can sometimes inhibit the creativity that it requires, which I fully agree.

The reasoning is simple. Creative people usually do not follow the crowds. They seek out so-called blank spots on the map, and instead of being the fastest on the well beaten route, creative people move through "wildernesses" nobody knows. In a competitive landscape, it's extremely difficult to create value because in order to create value, you need time that a competitive environment won't give you.

In summary, the competitive landscape undermines creativity and thus innovation. And everyone knows that innovation is the key to a successful company.

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