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poached| Bennis on the Merits of Inexperience 8 April 2007

Posted by EDITOR in Economics, Psychology.
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[M]any Great Groups are fueled by an invigorating, completely unrealistic view of what they can accomplish. Not knowing what they can’t do puts everything in the realm of the possible. In a radio interview, director John Frankheimer, whose work includes the memorable film The Manchurian Candidate, said that the Golden Age of television resulted, at least in part, from his naivete and that of his fellow video pioneers. “We didn’t know we couldn’t do it, so we did it,” says Frankheimer of making such classic dramas as “Marty” in a demanding new medium, live TV. Time teaches many things, including limitations. Time forces people, however brilliant, to taste their own mortality. In short, experience tends to make people more realistic, and that’s not necessarily a good thing.

Source: Warren Bennis and Patricia Ward Biederman, Organizing Genius: The Secrets of Creative Collaboration, 1997.

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