There is a growing requirement to inject and manage creative tension in organizations and, indeed, society as a whole. If we do not sponsor change and innovation then we will be lost, beaten by those who do.
[I share no direct links to resources – just google “innovation” and “fail” to see how vital pushing boundaries are…]
This need to move to the edge is not hocus pocus, nor is it avant garde. It is how every socio-economic advance occurs. It is at the core of how business happens, as Drucker explains.
Entrepreneur as Dissenter
“Entrepreneurship rests on a theory of economy and society. The theory sees change as normal and indeed as healthy. And it sees the major task in society – and especially in the economy – as doing something different rather than doing better what is already being done. That is basically what Say, two hundred years ago, meant when he coined the term entrepreneur. It was intended as a manifesto and as a declaration of dissent: the entrepreneur upsets and disorganizes. As Joseph Schumpeter formulated it, his task is “creative destruction.”
― Peter F. Drucker, Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Practice and Principles
I like the idea of entrepreneur as pioneer, as agitator, as change agent. It is almost romantic. Rather optimistically, I see myself as intrapreneur for very similar reasons.
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