Thanks Stephen. Good question.
I don’t think there’s a lot of malicious intent behind most companies perpetuating the problem. There’s definitely the curmudgeons who mistrust “them young people with their ideas,” but I don’t think most managers come to work every day looking to squash creativity.
I think the issue is that we become overwhelmed with daily problems and don’t think long-term. If we’re focused on a daily solution, then it’s easiest to find out what someone did last time. Or just follow a procedure. Those are safe responses and we just want to get through that day’s problem.
We start creating when we become willing to live with dissatisfaction today so that we can make a better tomorrow.