Charlie Sheen and Innovation People: A Connection?


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I just read an article about Charlie Sheen. He is a strange guy. The article had a couple of headlines that made me wonder how this self-acclaimed larger-than-life character compares to innovation people. Maybe there are a few things we can learn – or just laugh about.

Be Yourself

Charlie Sheen insists that he is unique and one-of-a-kind. We can learn from this. We need to be ourselves and allow our colleagues to be themselves. Let’s play to our strengths and use those unique strengths to create strong teams.

Sky-high Salaries

Well, this is not comparable. Innovation people do not make lots of money and never will in this job. Hey, a decent salary and great challenges are not so bad.

The Bad Boy

There is some true to this. Innovation often requires bad boys or rebels that are willing to bend the rules in order to succeed.

Cocaine and Porno

Hmm, this might be very relevant for Sheen – not for innovation people.

Getting Sacked

Well, this happens. Perhaps innovation people need to be able to put their jobs on the line in order to have a chance to make a real impact in their organizations.


Good innovation people need to be able to put failures aside and focus on the next potential success.


Republished with author's permission from original post.

Stefan Lindegaard
Stefan is an author, speaker, facilitator and consultant focusing on open innovation, social media tools and intrapreneurship.


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