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It isn’t the incompetent who destroy an organization. The incompetent never get in a position to destroy it. It is those who achieved something and want to rest upon their achievements who are forever clogging things up.

— F. M. Young

Innovation is dependent on open and creative idea flow. In the collective consciousness model, the minds participating in the collaboration need to develop the skills to know how to interact on a personal level with others in addition to whatever governance model guides and supports their participation in the process.


Responsibility means being accountable for what we each personally think, say, and do. Personal responsibility involves working on our own character and skill development instead of blaming others for situations and circumstances.

Although corporate executives have responsibility to create the cultural environment that produces and sustains a more innovative environment, it is each individual participant’s responsibility to contribute within that framework to the overall goal of innovation.

When someone is seeking,” said Siddhartha, “It happens quite easily that he only sees the thing that he is seeking; that he is unable to find anything, unable to absorb anything, because he is only thinking of the thing he is seeking, because he has a goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means: to have a goal; but finding means: to be free, to be receptive, to have no goal. You, O worthy one, are perhaps indeed a seeker, for in striving towards your goal, you do not see many things that are under your nose.”

—Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

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