Margaret Wheatley said, “The things we fear most in organizations—fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances—are the primary sources of creativity.”
This was true for a business owner who was feeling helpless as the innovations around him pushed his industry into obsolete status. It kept him up at night, and his employees started fearing for their jobs.
One day, just when he thought closing the doors was inevitable, he saw his employees messing around—acting out like children. Instead of disciplining them and getting them back to business, he just stood back in awe.
An amazing new idea popped into his head. He saw his employees’ capabilities in a whole new light and realized that his company wasn’t dying at all. It was on the verge of innovation. The skills they had developed through years of hard work and success were not obsolete in spite of the movement of the industry.
The excitement of creating something new inspired forward momentum that took them from concept to finished product in 45 days.