Every organization needs creative energizers -- change makers -- who show the organization how to improve. ASCE's Source (at this link) reviews a book that tells how to identify such change makers from their personal characteristics and in interviews. The concept raises some questions:
Does your organization actively recruit change makers as they are described in the book review? How?
Does your organization provide an environment where change makers will flourish? How?
I think this is a great idea conceptually but wonder about implication and what experiences folks have here?
Based on my own experience the hiring of 'change makers' needs to be accompanied by a culture that supports the introduction of new ideas and is blind to the source. Essentially hiring people with the "creative spark" to have and drive new ideas and initiatives and who inspire others to be better is at risk of failure unless the organization in which they land sees them as forces for good and does not feel threatened. My message based on experience is to look at the whole system when contemplating / hiring change makers to ensure that the system is set up for success.