Having spent 17 years as a consultant, I've had this situation happen at least 100 times:
I'm working with a senior management team on a bold new strategy, that will be implemented by a dynamic new culture that people are designing. Then I see a pensive look from a senior manager, who asks to meet with me one-on-one. In the meeting, which often happens over drinks, the person describes why this will never work: the person or people at the very top "just don't get it."
It's not their fault. They were trained in a now obsolete set of systems that suppress innovation, joy, and ironically, the high performance and profits they crave.
Read more in my essay "My Wish for 2011: More Companies That Don't Suck" on AOL News.
By the way, Gina Misiroglu of Red Room put me in touch with the AOL people, which is one of the great ways she's bringing traffic to Red Room and getting attention for Red Room's authors.