Gunpowder was invented by several different people, in different places. So was the art of printing, the horseless carriage and the aeroplane. The similarity does not end there. These individual inventions were also made at more or less the same time. This is not as strange as it seems. Apparently, in all these cases the time was right to implement these ideas, meaning to transform them into reality.
Given the vast resources which are presently at hand, as well as the limitless possibilities with regard to computer aided design and manufacturing, an endless stream of epoch-making products and services could be expected. Each and every one of these products providing solutions to almost every problem that troubles mankind.
Yet, this is not the case. On the contrary: nearly every product and/or service our manufacturing and service industries have to show for may be qualified as – much – more of the same. Small wonder, as profit-orientated company policies dictate that quality and originality should be of lesser importance, as the next copied model is already waiting to be introduced. Moreover, turnover is almost solely dependent on price. As a result of this, progressiveness and originality are directly inversely related to the quantities produced.
Trust is the key
The work environment must be such that people work unencumbered, within a culture that encourages pride in both personal and organizational accomplishments.