If we really dig deep into what makes a human body tick, we can learn a great deal about how to function within a corporation. I suppose the greatest lesson I’ve learned through the course of multiple instances of corporate resistance to change is that antibodies aren’t really out to get you; they’re simply trying to protect their host.
What I find particularly fascinating is that white blood cells don't actually kill the invading threat; they shut down its ability to live. They don’t kill innovation: They starve it. Budgets are frozen. A policy is reinforced. Approval layers are added. Your headcount is reduced. They won't fire you. They'll just cut off your ability to survive.
So if we turn to the human body again as an example, there are really only three ways for a virus to defeat the white blood cells: You can either overwhelm them, drug them, or hide from them. And in my experience, corporate white blood cells will always win in a direct fight. It’s far better to avoid the bloodshed and run your innovation operations in stealth mode and just stay out of their way.