Says GE CEO Jeff Immelt: "We want to make it O.K. to take risks"
From the article:
"Is it a big leap from a Six Sigma culture focused on productivity and quality to an Innovation culture?
I look at Six Sigma as a foundation on which you can build more innovation. I don't think every manager can do both [Six Sigma and innovation], but I don't need every manager to do both."
"Do you feel you've become more innovative in the past few years?
[It all] goes back to people — those who want to take swings. I tell people that you have to view these [new leadership] traits as critical to your long-term development. You have to change…or else you don't have a great future at this company."
I think he's right in not expecting every manager to be a Six Sigma star AND an innovation whiz. Even though we can learn and adapt, we all have our strengths and we should focus on developing them rather than being a jack of all trades.