“Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There’s plenty of movement, but you never know if it’s going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr
After reading my post on how not to implement Agile, a friend asked me to write a post about discipline and discuss whether it helps or hinders creativity and innovation. Working in a creative industry, we often hear that innovation needs freedom from structure. Great ideas bubble up at random moments, ranging from the chatter of a heated debate to a quiet pause with a coffee and a magazine. As a result, discipline is perceived as a something that will inhibit creativity. However, as leaders we know that a certain measure of discipline is needed to make these ideas into reality. So, how do we reconcile these opposing views?
Let’s first understand what we mean by discipline
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