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Tilt Tuesday #10 The Value of Business Innovation, Autonomy, and Transparency

December 13, 2022 |
Tilt Tuesday #10 The Value of Business Innovation, Autonomy, and Transparency

Insights from the Tilt 365 Science Team

Had there been corporations and patents six thousand years ago, a company that invented and patented the wheel would have had a marked, indelible advantage over its competition.  While this example is fictitious, it remains true that individuals and organizations are still solving problems by inventing innovative products, potentially as momentous as the wheel.

In this post, we will help readers understand how innovative generativity can be fueled when workers are granted autonomy and when transparency is fostered. 

We have said in recent Tilt Tuesday posts that generativity is an outcome of flow that we all have the potential to experience and that one of its defining characteristics is an interest in serving others.

By granting workers autonomy, they are empowered to use their intuition, interests, and imagination to create their own unique approach to generativity.  For example, one person might prefer helping others by discovering and sharing new knowledge, while another person might prefer to help others by performing tasks that only they have the skills, strength, and stamina to accomplish.  

The transparency domain entails the sharing of information, among other things.  When the invention of the wheel was being refined, it was important for carpenters and blacksmiths to communicate their own unique knowledge so that the durability and aesthetics of the products they constructed could be optimized incrementally over time.

In the modern business world, tech experts, human resources managers, data analysts, and authors all have to be willing to share their unique insights if the best business outcomes are going to be realized.  

A recent great example is how pharmaceutical companies collaborated together to solve the global problem of the covid pandemic, when normally they would keep discoveries secret to be competitive. That same tendency can happen inside organizations if internal departments act as competitors for resources, so there needs to be transparency among team members and stakeholders if generativity is going to flourish in organizations.

For more details on this topic, stay tuned for our upcoming blog!

Relevant Quotes

"Transparency, honesty, kindness, good stewardship, even humor, work in businesses at all times." 
— John Gerzema  

"A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity."
— Dalai Lama

“Control leads to compliance; autonomy leads to engagement.”
— Daniel H. Pink


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