The prevailing requirement that employees “fit in” promotes mediocrity. People who are innovative are by definition different and rarely, naturally, “fit in”.
Because innovators are unusual, the unbridled ambition common to the average breeds hatred, brought on by the attention that senior management shower on novel thinkers and their ideas.
The average resort to plagiarism, stealing innovations, using friendship to gain access. Like the rich, innovators are forced to question the integrity of relationships.
Until the corporates encourage the employment of people who are different, the real innovation will prosper mostly in startup companies. And shareholders of the corporates will bear the cost of eye-watering take-overs.