Last year I participated in a Harvard Business School colloquium titled Creativity, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations of the Future. I had a great time contributing to the conversation there and learned a lot, too -- in other words, it was a classic HBS experience (I really love the place).
The October issue of Harvard Business Review has a summary of the colloquium written by professors Teresa Amabile and Mukti Khaire. It is titled "Creativity and the Role of the Leader", and it's available for free right now on their site. I'm quoted in it, and so is my blogging and teaching buddy Bob Sutton, among others.
Here's my favorite portion of the article:
By the colloquium's end, however, most attendees agreed that there is a role for management in the creative process; it is just different from what the traditional work of management might suggest. The leadership imperatives we discussed, which we share in this article, reflect a viewpoint we came to hold in common: One doesn't manage creativity. One manages for creativity.
What do you think?