"Innovation Needs More Support, Less Bacon"

February 2004
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Feb2004, Vol. 130 Issue 2, p30
Conference Proceeding
Commander D. Barren's opinion that an information-age United States Navy needs a culture that embraces new ideas, tests the status quo, and rewards creative thinking, in his article "Innovation Needs More Support, Less Bacon" in the December 2003 issue of the "Proceedings," grabbed the author's attention. During his Navy career as an engineering duty officer (EDO) and during his post-Navy career as a researcher of shipyard management methods, the author observed that the typical EDO, while wearing the uniform of a warrior, complete with star insignia, avoided making calculated-risk decisions. Often, rejections of new ideas were attributed to the not-invented-here syndrome, but he frequently attributed them to another and more devastating affliction, the "why-me" syndrome.


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