Companies Fear Innovation
I recently went to pitch my book How Laziness Saved My Life to a bank facility in mainland Lagos. I delivered a heart wrenching speech on why I wrote the book and how it could help the banks staff work smarter and better without stressing themselves out with too much hardwork. I finished the presentation and paused in anticipation of a one man standing ovation, but instead I got a blank stare. I was told that my pitch was not the company’s focus and that the company actually wanted their staff to work very hard…anything counter to working hard was a tough sell for the company management.
And then I realized the ugly truth…Laziness was an anti-corporation book, an outlier for companies institutionalized with the crazy way of doing things. Companies that focus on hiring hardworking individuals at expense of innovative individuals. Companies that judge workers on how long and late they stay at work instead of judging them on how efficiently they get their work done.
What if companies focused more on innovation? Maybe they would be able to get real work done faster and better instead of getting stuck in the facade of hard work.
Wishing You Extreme Success,