don't sacrafice pawns...

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In chess, a player will often sacrifice his/her pawn to gain a superior position in a game. Wikipedia defines the pawn (♙♟) as the weakest and most numerous piece in the game of chess representing infantry or more particularly armed peasants.

Some people may have been the victim of "pawn management." This is the case where your manager sacrifices their employee for his/her own gain. This could be for a project or for personal gain.

Naturally, this is a lousy situation to be in and a great deterrent for creativity. Why promote a new idea or product if you think you'll be sacrificed?

But there's a bigger idea in place...The concept of pawns by definition establishes a hierarchy. Hierarchy becomes the hurdle to creativity since there is judgment occurring within the ranks. This is why 'flat' organizations are considered to be more innovative. No hierarchy, no pawns, no pawn management....ergo more creativity.

Just remember there are no pawns in brainstorming...