Making innovation happen means smuggling
The Smuggler’s Manifesto
- Smugglers are a symbiotic, beneficial organism in any bureaucracy.
- The Smuggler’s mission is to stimulate new thinking, and to enable new products, new services, and new ways of doing things to infiltrate. They do battle on the side of innovation, against its foe, stagnation.
- The Smuggler’s passion is the safekeeping of innovation in all forms. They do not rest when progress is threatened.
- Smuggling is dangerous, because big organizations develop resistance to change, which becomes disdain for innovation, which morphs into fear and hostility.
- Smugglers become very adept in avoiding traps set for them. They conform as appropriate in the light. But in the dark, they strive to circumvent bureaucracy and overthrow complacency.
- A lone Smuggler will have a difficult time, but Smugglers recognize each other in subtle ways, and readily join forces.
- Through constant communication, Smugglers find new sources of inspiration and share them with each other. This makes the Smuggler an extraordinarily resilient breed.
- Smugglers may have any rank or title, but they are rarely limited by established norms of authority. Instead, they take what they need.
- Smugglers quickly learn the paths to those who need innovation to survive. These are the havens of the Smuggler, where they need not suppress their joys and frustrations.
- Above all, the Smuggler always acts in the best interests of the organization. Even if those who ‘rule’ the organization do not.