Innovative projects lead to a closed culture. Innovative companies can sometimes feel like a clandestine organization with closed off rooms and secret R&D centers. Is it really necessary? Why the secrecy?
Are there some companies that aren’t willing to share their research with the R&D? Are they not reviewing the progress? Are they not sharing what the company is doing?
When you share, you have a chance to refine what you’re doing. Not by taking criticism, and not by asking for feedback. Just the instant act of presenting the idea to a group will force you (or a team) to refine the idea and present in a digestible manner. When you share, you have to ensure you understand your idea completely - enough so you can explain it someone in basic terms.
So why not share? Yes, there’s the danger that a project might leak, and ideas might get “stolen”. But, isn’t any press good press? Isn’t your company your project thoughtful enough to have unique ideas? Even if your competitor gets wind of what you’re doing, you should still be miles ahead, and now more refined than before.
This series of content is a small experiment. I pledged to create a piece of content on my site for the next 365 days. You can read the opening post here. The posts aren’t limited to thoughts or ideas, they’re really just a way for me to create original content. If you got any feedback/questions, please reach out. Thanks for looking.
Dmitry N. Rusakov