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We Can't Have Everyone in Our Society Be a Creative Innovative Genius - We Have Other Needs Too

June 12, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 144

Okay so, we've heard a lot of complaints about the lack of creativity and innovation in our schools. I find this fascinating in many regards because we've spent the last few generations conditioning our children in the education system to respect authority and get in line. Even the standardized testing seems to suggest that we are getting our kids ready for the workforce and to be obedient corporate employees and to listen to the boss and the government, to pay their taxes on time, and to do as every other American does. Now then let's talk about this for second shall we?

We have many who have suggested that we need more people like Steve Jobs in industry so that America can lead the technological innovative future. However, Steve Jobs was highly disruptive in almost everything he did, and every industry he participated in. In fact, many companies were destroyed, and many industries were changed, and tens of thousands of jobs were lost in his wake. Just think about it for second, the music industry changed, the movie animation business changed, the personal computer changed, mobile communication technology changed, and consider all the companies that shed tens of thousands of employees.

How about Hewlett-Packard, Nokia, Blackberry, and what about companies in the publishing industry due to the advent of e-books, and the Apple I-store? Apple TV is being followed by others in the tech industry, so what about the television industry and cable industry? Okay so, if we had creative geniuses running around every single industry, there will be so much disruption that there would be no such thing as steady employment any more. Are we sure we want that? And are we sure we want that type of change at that level of chaos?

Can our country even remain stable if it were so? Now then, I was highly creatively destructive in my own industry, and I changed the way it operated, and added a new sector to it. Of course, it played havoc on the competition and the established status quo of that industry when I invented mobile car washing, and franchised it in 23 states. So is the world ready for creative geniuses in every industry, I don't think so. We are also going to need people who are not creative, but can follow those who are, just as we need workers to run government services, and we must maintain at least some standardization.

Calling for "Winning the Future," which comes with "creative distraction" as Larry Ellison from Oracle recently stated when interviewed at the All Things Digital Conference in 2012. In fact, his direct quote was; "it's all about creative destruction." Does that mean we have to destroy to create? And if so aren't we calling for the destruction of society and industry as we know it in that case, as we make the claim that we need more creativity in education? Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on.

Lance Winslow has launched a new provocative series of eBooks on Innovation in America. Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank;

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