A Bear And Her Cubs

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It is said that the most dangerous place a person can stand is between a bear and her cubs.

For a more meaningful business metaphor, let’s turn the bear into a company with a Not Invented Here engineering team, and me walking into this company with a non-organic growth opportunity.

I will still be eaten alive.

Over the years I’ve witnessed the closing of minds and trashing of ideas by egos surrounding smart decision makers.

Egos that are so fragile that the better answers strategy of growing companies takes a back seat to defensiveness and politics.

No one starts the day hoping to smash good ideas and defend bad ones, but plenty of people take such pride in their work and are so defensive as to be seriously threatened by outside perspectives and the general rule that if sought, improvements will be found.

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  • Not Invented Here dooms a company to the ideas/approaches of one person/one team.

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  • NIH precludes any discovery of outside genius/better answers and guarantees an upper limit from the limit of your person or team.

The wisdom of crowds can be only discovered by large scope searches / multiple strategies and openness to outside perspectives (crowds are amazing sources of leading edge information).

Companies open to outside approaches by definition find more and better candidates (both Edison and Einstein borrowed heavily from other smart people).

Of course, success lies in the execution – and guarding against excessive brilliance is a full time endeavor.

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